To bring you this bulletin:
The deadline for the early bird registration for the Wyoming Writers, Inc. conference is rapidly approaching (May 15th).
I have three things to impart in an effort to twist your arm into attending this conference.
#1: MARK SPRAGG WILL BE THERE
Her cheek ticks before she makes her face plain again. She touches her own ear. “You’re making up the part about the bear. Right?”
“Do I look made up to you?”
She shakes her head without seeming aware of it. “Can I touch it?” she asks.
He puts his sandwich down and pushes the plate away. He didn’t think she’d be this brave, and he’s not sure her father would’ve been. He says, “No one’s ever asked that before.”
She slips out of the chair and stands by his side, raising a hand and then wiping it against her pants and raising it again. When he closes his eyes he feels the small pad of a single finger move tenderly over the side of his face.
She says, “It’s smoother than I thought it would be.”
Excerpt from An Unfinished Life by Mark Spragg, Random House, 2004
Yeah, and whatever the person who wrote that, and other books like The Fruit of Stone and Where Rivers Change Direction, has to say, I want to hear it. Mark’s from Cody. If he can do it, maybe we can too.
#2: LEE GUTKIND WILL BE THERE
And he’s been on the Daily Show. For real. See for yourself: click here.
Descriptions of this man run the gamut: the godfather behind creative nonfiction, motorcyclist, medical insider, sailor, college professor, over-aged insecure father and literary whipping boy.
This I got to see.
#3: THE CONFERENCE IS IN SHERIDAN
According to the Wyoming Almanac, the average wind speed in Sheridan is 6.6 mph, about half of what it is here in Cheyenne (11.9 mph), and probably lower than where you are. Let’s go and let the mild June breeze ruffle our hair, instead of blast it off our heads.
Other presenters are Chuck Sambuchino, April Eberhardt, Jessica Sinsheimer, and our own Wyoming Poet Laureate, Echo Klaproth.
There is even a Paddle Panel on the agenda! (I don't know either--I'm afraid to ask)
One last thing. It’s the 40th anniversary of Wyoming Writers, Inc. Come and celebrate with us.
Go. Now. Register.
See you there!