Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon has been writing and performing experimental rock music for more than three decades, in addition to her work as a visual artist, writer, and designer. In 1981, she co-founded the band Sonic Youth, for which she sang and played guitar and bass. Her memoir Girl In A Band was published in 2015 to international acclaim and her visual art has been exhibited worldwide. Kim continues to perform solo improvisational shows as well as with Body/Head, a guitar duo with Bill Nace.


Craig Werner

Craig Werner is a cultural historian and Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His book We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War, co-authored with Doug Bradley, was named Rolling Stone’s Best Music Book of 2015 and a Choice “Best Academic Book” for 2016. A long-time member of the Nominating Committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has published numerous books including A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race and the Soul of America; Higher Ground: Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield and the Rise & Fall of American Soul and others.

Steve Knopper

Steve Knopper is a Rolling Stone contributing editor and author of MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson (Scribner, 2015) and Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Business in the Digital Age (Free Press, 2009). He has written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Fortune, Men’s Journal and many others. He has been a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the NBC Nightly News and a featured expert source in All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records. Steve lives in Denver with his wife, Melissa, and his daughter, Rose, who took this most excellent photo in Edwards, Colorado.


G. Brown

G. Brown boasts a long history with the Colorado music scene including as a music journalist and radio host. He is the Founding Director of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and is the author of two quintessential books on Colorado music: Red Rocks: The Concert Years and Colorado Rocks: A Half Century of Music in Colorado. Asked to pick his favorite concert at Red Rocks, he’ll happily tell you it’s U2’s 1983 Under a Blood Red Sky performance.

Khadijah Queen

Khadijah Queen is the author of five books, most recently I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017). Earlier poetry collections include Conduit (Akashic / Black Goat 2008), Black Peculiar (Noemi Press 2011) and Fearful Beloved (Argos Books 2015). Her verse play Non-Sequitur (Litmus Press 2015) won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women’s Performance Writing. She serves as core faculty in poetry and playwriting for the new Mile-High MFA in creative writing at Regis University, and is raising a teenager.

Rick Beyer

Rick Beyer is a best-selling author, an award winning documentary producer, and a long-time history enthusiast. His most recent book is Rivals Unto Death: Hamilton and Burr.

With a take on history that is both humorous and illuminating, he has appeared on CBS News, MSNBC, CNN, The Discovery Channel, NPR and Fox News. His book The Greatest Music Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from Music History to Astonish, Bewilder and Stupefy is the fifth volume of his popular Greatest Stories history series.

Rick has written for The History Channel Magazine,, America in WWII, the Princeton Alumni Weekly, and other publications.

Stephen “Brer Rabbit” Brackett

Stephen “Brer Rabbit” Brackett is an MC/vocalist for Flobots, a Denver-based alternative hip-hop band dedicated to creating, performing, and finding anthems for a better world.

Flobots released their new album, NOENEMIES, on May 5, 2017. Amidst a nation taking to the streets, NOENEMIES is collection of protest songs, Flobots style. Influenced by stories shared by Flobots’ friend and longtime mentor and Southern Freedom Movement historian and professor – the late Dr. Vincent Harding – and inspired by the band’s recent grassroots community work hosting workshops, classes and keynote speeches about using collective song to build social movements, NOENEMIES is a body of songs that speak to the urgency of the current moment.

Junior Burke

Junior Burke is author of the novel Something Gorgeous (Farfalla, McMillan & Parrish, 2005). This work of speculative fiction explored the background of the era that spawned The Great Gatsby, and was lauded for its invention by the UK’s Historical Novels Review. In 2013, in a slightly revised version, it became available as an eBook.

In the fall of 2017, he will release a collection of original, poetry-based songs titled Spot of Time on the Fast Speaking Music label. “A Thousand Eyes”, an eco-horror novel, will be published in May 2018 in the UK and US by Cosmic Egg Books, an imprint of John Hunt Ltd.

John Calderazzo

John Calderazzo

John Calderazzo, a former full-time freelance writer of essays and magazine and newspaper articles, teaches nonfiction writing workshops and literature classes.

He’s the author of a how-to writing textbook, Writing from Scratch: Freelancing; a children’s science book, 101 Questions about Volcanoes; and a creative nonfiction book, Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives (2004).

He writes about a wide variety of topics, including the nature of the personal essay, natural history, Asia, Buddhism, and the interrelationships of science and culture. His work has been cited in Best American Stories and Best American Essays and has appeared in Georgia Review, Audubon, Orion, Witness, and many other magazines.

He is a winner of a Best CSU Teacher award and a creative writing fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts.

Greta Cornett

Greta Cornett is a local musician, as well as a local music lover and supporter. She is most recognized as the trumpet player for 12 Cents for Marvin, the 3 Twins and Mama Lenny & the Remedy.

She is a graduate of the CSU music department and her behind the scenes work include co-founding the Fort Collins Musicians Association, co-creating FoCoMX, working as the marketing director for the Boulder Theater and Fox Theatre and volunteering at KRFC 88.9 FM.

Greta currently works for the Bohemian Foundation on the Music Programs Team as the Marketing and Talent Coordinator.

Kyle Eustice

Kyle Eustice is an accomplished music journalist whose bylines have appeared in publications like The Source, Wax Poetics, High Times, Ghettoblaster Magazine and Vice. She’s currently a staff writer/editor for HipHopDX, news chief for Public Enemy’s Chuck D and longtime contributor for Thrasher Skateboard Magazine. Kyle lives in Fort Collins with her husband Paul Lukes, and two chihuahuas Paco and Petey. In her spare time, she can be found somewhere backstage with a recorder in her hand.

Chris Daniels

Chris Daniels is an Assistant Professor at the College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver campus. He was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2013 with the likes of Judy Collins, John Denver, Joe Walsh, and Poco. He was a Grammy co-nominee for his writing and performance with Al Jarreau. Chris has served as musical director with his band (Chris Daniels and the Kings) when the Kings backed Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, John Oates, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Joe Walsh, and many others.

He began teaching songwriting and guitar at Arapahoe Community College in 2001 and was awarded the “Adjunct Professor of The Year” in 2007. That same year Chris was given the honor of a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver teaching music business.

Ravi Howard

Ravi Howard received the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence in 2008 for the novel Like Trees, Walking, a fictionalized account of a true story, the 1981 lynching of a black teenager in Mobile, Alabama. He was a finalist for both the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction in 2008.

He has recorded commentary for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Massachusetts Review and Callaloo. He also appeared in the Ted Koppel documentary, The Last Lynching, on the Discovery Channel.

Howard has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Hurston-Wright Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His television production work has appeared on HBO, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and NFL Network. He received a 2004 Sports Emmy for his work on HBO’s Inside the NFL.

Aby Kaupang

Aby Kaupang (Cooperman) is the author of Disorder, 299.00 (Essay Press,2016), Little “g” God Grows Tired of Me (SpringGun Press, 2013), Absence is such a Transparent House (Tebot Bach, 2011) and Scenic Fences | Houses Innumerable (Scantily Clad Press, 2009).

Her poems have appeared in Seattle Review,VOLT, Verse, Denver Quarterly, FENCE, The Laurel Review, Parthenon West, Aufgabe, 14 Hills, Interim, Caketrain, lo-ball and others. She holds Masters Degrees in both Creative Writing and Occupational Therapy. Named the 2016 Fort Collins Poet Laureate.

Teresa Funke

Teresa Funke embodies the modern artist/entrepreneur. She is the owner of Teresa Funke & Company and Victory House Press and is the award-winning author of six novels for adults and children based on true stories from WWII.

She is also a nationwide speaker offering keynotes and presentations and a popular writer’s coach.

Chloe Leisure

Chloé Leisure teaches creative writing in Fort Collins in elementary enrichment programs and with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She is the author of the chapbook, The End of the World Again (2015), and her poetry has appeared in publications including Fort Collins Courier, Matter, PANK, Paterson Literary Review, A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park, and Permafrost.

She received her MFA from Colorado State University and was the 2014 Fort Collins Poet Laureate.

Kip Lornell

Kip Lornell has taught courses in American Music & Ethnomusicology at the George Washington University since 1992 and has published 14 books focused on various topics in American vernacular music, with books about Texas Blues and D.C. Bluegrass slated for publication in 2018.

From 1988–1990 Professor Lornell was a post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, working with Anthony Seeger at Smithsonian/Folkways recordings. His awards include the 1993 ASCAP-Deems Taylor award for The Life and Legend of Leadbelly (co-authored with Charles Wolfe), a 1997 Grammy for co-authoring the program notes for the “Anthology of American Folk Music” (Smithsonian/Folkways).

For five years he served as a judge for ARSC book awards (2007-2011) and currently on the Grammy Crafts Committee for “Liner Notes” and “Historical Reissues” (2000-2017). He is also a member of the NARAS Blue Ribbon Panel for Lifetime Achievement and Trustee Awards.

Stacy Nick

Stacy Nick is a Colorado arts reporter with more than two decades of experience. She currently works for NPR-affiliate 91.5 KUNC covering arts, culture and music across the state’s Front Range, its mountain communities and eastern plains towns.

Her first big interview was Eagles bassist Randy Meisner and his mom about his induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. She also covered the growing Northern Colorado music scene for the Fort Collins Coloradoan. But at heart, she’s just a fan who has spent most of her life, — and every spare dime — on albums, tapes, CDs and concert tickets.

Her concert T-shirt collection is legendary.

Mark Pedelty

Mark Pedelty is a professor and researcher whose work examines music and sound as environmental communication.

He has published numerous books, journal articles, and book chapters concerning media, environment, and music, the most recent, A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism (Indiana University Press, 2016). He also authored Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment (Temple University’s Music Matters Series, 2012).

A Fellow at the Institute on the Environment, Mark has produced documentary media and music videos for watershed management organizations and his community partner, Metro Blooms. Visit to view those projects.

Kate Northrop

Kate Northrop

Kate Northrop is an award-winning poet and contributing editor for The American Poetry Review. Her collections of poetry include Clean and Things are Disappearing Here. She is currently on sabbatical from her position as professor of creative writing at the University of Wyoming.


Anne Rasmussen

Anne K. Rasmussen is professor of music and ethnomusicology, the Bickers Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, and director of the W&M Middle Eastern Music Ensemble at the College of William and Mary.

She is author of Women, the Recited Qur’an and Islamic Music in Indonesia (2010); co-editor with David Harnish of Divine Inspirations: Music and Islam in Indonesia (2011), co-editor with Kip Lornell of The Music of Multicultural America (1997, revised edition, 2016), and editor of a special issue of The World of Music on “The Music of Oman” (2012).

Her new research interests in the Arab/Persian Gulf region began with a Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center research fellowship in 2010 and have continued, with annual research, and study and performance tours involving students, to the present. Her work extends to the Indian Ocean again, with a return to Indonesia in Spring 2017, supported by a Fulbright grant. Currently, Rasmussen serves as president of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Rick Roberts

Rick Roberts is a 40-year veteran of the rock’n’roll wars. He began his recording career in 1970 with the Flying Burrito Brothers and was a major contributor to their last two albums. He went on to do two solo albums and then form the well-known band Firefall in 1974, with whom he played for seven years during their heyday. He has also been a member of Stephen Stills’ band and Linda Ronstadt’s band during his career, and has been awarded two platinum and four gold albums for his efforts.

He has had over 60 of his compositions recorded and performed including the hit songs “Just Remember I Love You,” “You Are The Woman,” “Strange Way,” “Colorado,” and several more that graced the Top 40 at one time or another.

His 2015 book Lame Brain: My Journey Back to Life was written about his recovery from a brain injury. He also authored a collection of memorable stories from his musical career, entitled Song Stories and Other Left-Handed Recollections.

Justin Roth

Justin Roth is a nationally touring singer/songwriter and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of indie/alt folk laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique.

He has toured with John Gorka and David Wilcox, and opened for some of the finest singer/songwriters, including Shawn Colvin, Martin Sexton, and Darrell Scott. His guitar playing has earned him shared stages with some of the greatest fingerstyle players of today, such as Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee, and Pat Donohue.

Bill Tremblay

Bill Tremblay is an award-winning poet as well as a novelist, teacher, editor, and reviewer whose work has appeared in seven full-length volumes of poetry including Duhamel: Ideas of Order in Little Canada (BOA Editions Ltd.), Rainstorm Over the Alphabet (Lynx House Press), and most recently Shooting Script: Door of Fire (Eastern Washington University Press).

Hundreds of his poems have been published in literary magazines in the United States and Canada, as well such anthologies as the Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Jazz Poetry Anthology, Best American Poetry, 2003, The Portable Poetry Workshop, and Responding to Literature.

Chris Rosales

Christopher David Rosales’ first novel, Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper (Mixer Publishing, 2015), won the McNamara Creative Arts Grant. Previously he won the Center of the American West’s award for fiction three years in a row. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver and an Assistant Professor at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Rosales’ second novel, Gods on the Lam, is available now (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2017).

Stephen Witt

Stephen Witt is a journalist and author of How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy.

Stephen was born in New Hampshire in 1979 and raised in the Midwest. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in mathematics in 2001. He spent the next six years playing the stock market, working for hedge funds in Chicago and New York. Following a two-year stint in East Africa working in economic development, he graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2011. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Lisa Zimmerman

Lisa Zimmerman is an associate professor of English at the University of Northern Colorado.

Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in anthologies as well as magazines including Cave Wall, Florida Review, Poet Lore, Colorado Review,The Sun, Natural Bridge, and Indiana Review, among other journals, and is the winner of Redbook Magazine’s Short Story contest.

She is the author of six poetry collections including The Light at the Edge of Everything (Anhinga Press 2008) and Snack Size: Poems (Mello Press 2012). Her sixth collection, The Hours I Keep, was published by Main Street Rag in September 2016. Her poetry has been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize.