Lynn's bio

Lynn G. Carlson

Lynn reads her creative nonfiction piece, "With All Due Respect"
at the Launch Party for Watch My Rising: A Recovery Anthology.

Lynn comes from a newspaper family but first took up creative writing in 2006. She has said yes to almost every genre she's encountered so far.

Creative nonfiction gives her plenty of room to roam – through memories, into and around insights, and deep into family stories. Personal essays let her share her thoughts and experiences, in a non-rant kind of way. Fiction comes when characters appear who demand to speak and act. Poetry forms from images and sensations, mostly involving the critters and characters of Wyoming. Blog posts give her a chance to wrap her mind around the challenges of the writing life and share discoveries.

Lynn lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, hails from Niobrara County, and took a few detours over the years to Colorado, California, and Africa.

Luna says with her expressive eyes,
"Instead of writing, wouldn't you rather throw the tennis ball for me?"
This is what Lynn has to contend with every day. 
In 2016, Lynn came up with the idea of putting together an anthology of writings about recovery from addiction, and served as editor for the project. The result is: Watch My Rising: A Recovery Anthology, published by TulipTree Publishing. Proceeds from the sale of this anthology benefit the programs of Recover Wyoming.

In 2017, Lynn joined the Wyoming Writers, Inc. board.

Lynn's publishing credits and awards include:

Blog post -- "Of Writing, Biscuits, and Gratitude" in Brevity's Nonfiction Blog

Creative Nonfiction -- "With All Due Respect" in Watch My Rising: A Recovery Anthology

Article in Wyoming Library Roundup "Treasure Trove of Stories: the National Museum of Wildlife Art"  (pages 9 and 10 in the spring/summer 2015 edition)

Blog post -- "The Top Five Ways to Sabotage Your Loved One's Recovery" (based on hard-won experience), Faces & Voices of Recovery, 2015. Reposted at: Just Keep Going Parents blog.

Honorable Mention – Wyoming Art Council’s Frank Nelson Doubleday Award in 2015

Personal essay -- "Naamu" received 2nd place in Northern Colorado Writers essay contest in 2011 and was published in the 2011 edition of Northern Colorado Writer's Pooled Ink anthology.

Lynn  with poet Art Elser at the
2016 Wyoming Writer's, Inc. conference
Creative nonfiction -- "With All Due Respect" received Honorable Mention and was published in the 2014 edition of Northern Colorado Writer's Pooled Ink anthology.

Creative nonfiction – "Today We Work" published in Small Print Magazine.

Flash fiction – "Signs" published in Enhance magazine’s “The Art of Fiction” edition.

Honorable Mention – Wyoming Art Council’s Frank Nelson Doubleday Award in 2012.

Personal essay – "In Our Own Words" included in National Public Radio’s This I Believe archives.

Personal essay – "Tribute" published in 2010 High Plains Register (Laramie County Community College) and received Best of Creative Nonfiction Award.


  1. Welcome to the blogosphere, Susan and Lynn. Looking forward to your posts.

  2. Thanks Mike! We plan on having lots of fun and tapping writer friends for guest posts (hint, hint).


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