Though you couldn’t call Laramie a big city and it can be a little remote (especially in winter), it’s still home to a lively music scene. One of our favorite troubadours, David Dondero, makes regular stops here to play the Buckhorn Bar. Dondero was named one of NPRs Top 10 Living American Songwriters in 2006 and, though doesn’t have the name recognition of some of the other songwriters on that list, he absolutely deserves it.
He also wrote a really fantastic song about Laramie called “It’s Peaceful Here,” whose lyrics are as good an argument as any as to why Laramie is great.
We’re super stoked to have fiction author and delightful dude Nam Le as our Eminent Writer in Residence this spring. We’re hosting a reading, reception, and book signing for Nam on February 12 and all are encouraged to attend.
As a culmination of the community workshops facilitated by Mark Nowak and the University of Wyoming MFA program, a public reading and celebration was held last Thursday at the Gryphon Theather. It was a night filled with Kool Moe Dee, Monty Python, Laramie community members, and former MFA students. The evening closed with a documentary of what it means to work in Wyoming. Here are some images from the night:
The Wyoming Arts Council is an invaluable resource to the state, offering grants, programming, and other means of support for working artists. Featured in their Winter Newsletter are UW MFA students Rebecca Estee and Kali Fajardo-Anstine for their work at the Wyoming Girls School. As part of their MFA Project, these two have made monthly visits to Sheridan, Wyoming to teach creative writing.
Be sure to check out the full newsletter for other wonderful happenings around the state. You can do so here.
The UW Creative Writing MFA was pleased to host ZZ Packer for a quick visit last week. ZZ was a joy and gave an excellent reading in addition to her consulations with fiction students.
Here are some photos from the event:
ZZ’s collection ‘Drinking Coffee Elsewhere’
ZZ reads to a packed house at the Albany County Public Library
ZZ did a quick Q&A after the reading
After the reading we showed ZZ a good time at the infamous Buckhorn Bar in downtown Laramie
Overall a great visit and reading! Wyoming misses ZZ Packer already.
The past two weeks in Laramie have marked an eventful end of the semester. We said farewell to our beloved program director, Beth Loffreda, before she goes on sabbatical in the spring. MFA graduate, Estella Soto, hosted the Laramie Writers of Color Reading which featured Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Miguel Kaminski, and Rattawut Lapcharoensap. Faculty members Andy Fitch and Danielle Pafunda gave a house reading to remember. And last night was the final MFA reading of the year with Brock Jones and Miguel. Enjoy these photos from the events, and have a wonderful break!
Q&A session with Stella, Miguel, A, and Kali
Stella at the Laramie Writers of Color Reading
Julian Saporiti entertains all with his musical talent
Rattawut reads. Everyone is in awe.
Andy and Danielle read from their latest works
Last night’s crowd was all smiles
Miguel read… in a coat.
Brock reading his astounding poetry
Rebecca Estee doing what she does – being a great reading series organizer
Miguel reading while making people laugh and maybe cry
- Special thanks to Kali’s grandfather and Chelsea Biondolillo, without whom there’d be no photos.
DON’T MISS THIS CATASTIC TIME. But, seriously, more than cats, it will be wonderful.
Chelsea Biondolillo’s piece, “Bird by Desert-light,” an essay about hummingbirds, deserts, and getting laid off, will be published in the Spring 2013 print issue of Phoebe. As well as on their website (at some point): http://www.phoebejournal.com/
This essay originally was selected as a runner-up in both Phoebe‘s 2012 annual nonfiction competition judged by Mary Roach, and Cream City Review‘s 2012 annual nonfiction competition.
This event is going to be great, especially since it’s Rattawut Lapcharoensap’s only speaking engagement all year (or so we were told).
People are reading this Friday. These people are Ryan Ikeda, Caleb Johnson, and Kali Fajardo-Anstine. When you preform a Google image search for these people, many images of people who are not Ryan, Caleb, and Kali appear.
Don’t miss out on the reading this Friday, Nov. 2nd, at Night Heron Books, 6pm.