Presenter Bios

Yuri Chicovsky is an artist, teacher, and freelancing work-from-home dad in Paonia, CO. His memoir writing classes in rural Western towns help folks of all stripes and abilities shape their memories into invaluable documents and works of art. He holds a creative writing degree from...

Polly Letofsky is best known for being the first woman to walk around the world. It took her five years to complete her walk and another six years to write the book. After a series of bad choices in her publishing endeavors, she launched into a...

MATTHEW TAYLOR award-winning author, professional actor, storyteller and narrative coach has been entertaining audiences throughout the United States and internationally for the last twenty-five years. Transplanted to Colorado from the small sailing village of Itchenor, England, Matthew is a partner of A.C.E. Entertainment, which has written...

Former Paonia resident Lisa Jones teaches creative writing on the Front Range and is the author of the memoir Broken: A Love Story, the tale of her long friendship with quadriplegic Northern Arapahoe horse trainer and traditional healer Stanford Addison. She is at work on a...

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer served as the third Colorado Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015-2017), co-hosts Emerging Form (a podcast on creative process), is the co-founder of Secret Agents of Change and co-directs Telluride’s Talking Gourds Poetry Club. Her poetry has appeared in O Magazine, on A...

Amy Irvine is a sixth-generation Utahn and long-time public lands activist. Her work has appeared in Orion, High Country News, High Desert Journal, Rock & Ice, and Red Rock Testimony—an anthology that was instrumental in Obama’s establishment of the Bears Ears National Monument. Her memoir,...

Colorado based Songwriter J Morley is a seasoned veteran of wordplay and melody. He started playing piano at 9 and moved on to clarinet when his parents came to the realization that it was hard to practice without a piano. The cry of clarinet emanating...

Childs is known for following ancient migration routes on foot, pursuing early Pueblo passages across the Southwest and most recently the paths of first peoples into the Americas during the Ice Age. He has published more than a dozen books of adventure, wilderness, and science....