My life has been full of study, spiritual search, marriages and a career in graphic design, publication and beadwork. I’ve been writing poetry and fiction for decades now, both to capture deep personal experience for myself and to relish the way words sing and mean.
Only recently have I submitted for publication and have had four poems accepted for publication so far. I have four books of beadwork designs, with my own instruction and illustration, published by Kalmbach books, a major publisher of craft books and magazines.
I have a BA, but I have pursued learning in an organic way, studying writing and art at Winthrop in SC, art at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, design at University of Utah, and writing at University of New Mexico. I've participated in numerous critique groups, workshops and conferences in Albuquerque, Grand Junction and Denver.
I can't say enough about the value of critique groups to a growing writer. Poetry especially can be a deep personal experience, and having the feedback of others who are equally invested in writing can build trust in your own expression and form.
I have been on the board of WCWF for nearly four years, serving as Chairman for a year and publicity director for two. I have designed, written and produced the WCWF newsletter since October of 2015. Watching WCWF grow and regenerate into new areas and offer the community so many wonderful opportunities to expand their writing skills and enjoy the wonderful works of local writers has been more than fulfilling, it has been a joy.
Joe is a Colorado Native who has lived most of his life on the Western Slope. After obtaining his law degree he worked for the District Attorney's office as a trial deputy and then went into private practice. He has focused over time on land use and zoning issues, water policy issues, and recently Estate, Trust and Probate matters. He left private practice in 1993 and managed trust and financial services departments for banks in Grand Junction and was the Private Client Services Regional Manager upon his retirement in 2005. He then resumed the practice of law with a focus upon fiduciary issues and difficult probate cases. He is a certified mediator and has given many hours to public service and community betterment. He was recognized for these activities by the local Chamber of Commerce that named him Citizen of the Year in 2008. He has also taught legal education classes for lawyers and classes at Colorado Mesa University.
I have been on the Board of WCWF since 2017. I have been Treasurer since May of 2017. I have had technical items related to Trusts and Estates. I also have completed a book about the Gunnison Gorge. I had two flash fiction stories read by actors in the Write Out Loud program in association with KAFM, community radio.
Carley Smith, AKA Fairy Gutmother®, is a Nutritional Therapist, Certified GAPS Practitioner, and Registered Yoga Teacher. Carley became interested in health and nutrition after being diagnosed with Lyme disease and using food as medicine emphasizing gut health to help heal. She became so empowered in the progress in her healing just based on diet and lifestyle changes emphasizing gut health that she started her business, Fairy Gutmother®, so she could help spread awareness around nutrition and help others.
Carley has been a featured guest on The Dr. Oz Show and is a frequent guest and writer for the popular iHeart Radio show Modern Eater. Her articles have been published in major worldwide publications including MindBodyGreen, Yoga + Life Magazine, and Paleo Magazine to name a few. She also leads numerous workshops, public speaking events, and cooking demonstrations centered around the gut health lifestyle. You can view more on her website www.fairygutmother.com. Carley has been a member of the board of WCWF since February 2019. She enjoys helping spread awareness about the organization and its unique and enlightening programs through social media and expanding content platforms.
Linda Skinner first thought of herself as a writer in junior high when she won third place in poetry in the National Scholastic Writing Contest. That prompted an invitation to join the school newspaper and literary magazine staff the next year in high school. She has worked as a technical writer, radio broadcast news director, columnist (with her husband of 50 years), creative writing facilitator, and educator.
Linda has been a Board member of WCWF for six years, serving presently as programs manager and grant writer. She strives daily to find the words to express what she loves and hopes she can inspire others to engage with the world. She believes it is through our stories, memories, music, and images that we can become the change we want to see and build the community we wish to embrace.