Andy Weir

ANDY WEIR built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. His most recent novel, Artemis, was published in November and was a New York Times Bestseller. He lives in California. (Photo credit: Aubrie Pick)

Dr. Sheila Rowan

DR. SHEILA ROWAN is an experimental physicist, and since 2009, Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research in the University of Glasgow in the UK. Her research is focused on optical and mechanical systems for use in interferometric gravitational wave detectors such as the Advanced LIGO observatories – the detectors which were responsible for picking up the first gravitational wave signals from colliding black holes in 2015. She was awarded Fellowship of the American Physical Society in 2012, made an MBE for services to science in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2011, and received the Hoyle Medal and Prize of the UK Institute of Physics in 2016 in recognition of her pioneering research on aspects of the technology of gravitational wave observatories. In 2016, she was seconded (part-time) to be Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Government.

Bill Ritter Jr.

BILL RITTER, JR. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University which launched on February 1, 2011. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policymakers, and other decision makers. It provides technical assistance to help officials create the policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean-energy economy. Ritter authored a book that was published in 2016 entitled, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution. He was elected as Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006, and built consensus to tackle some of the state’s biggest energy challenges. Ritter is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation and a senior fellow and member of the board of directors of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute.

Dr. Adam Becker

ADAM BECKER is an astrophysicist and author. The New York Times praised his recent breakout debut, What is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics, as “a thorough, illuminating exploration of the most consequential controversy raging in modern science.” The Washington Post called it “splendid”, and Science Magazine dubbed Adam “a riveting storyteller”. Adam has also written for the BBC, NPR, Scientific American, NOVA, New Scientist, Publishers Weekly, and Aeon. Working with the BBC, he recorded a series of animated videos on physics and astronomy. Adam has a PhD in cosmology and is currently a visiting scholar at at UC Berkeley’s Office for the History of Science and Technology.

Kimiko Hahn

KIMIKO HAHN is the author of nine books of poems, including: Brain Fever (2014) and Toxic Flora (2010), both collections prompted by science; The Narrow Road to the Interior (2006) a collection that takes its title from Basho’s famous poetic journal; The Unbearable Heart (1996), which received an American Book Award; Earshot (1992), which was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award. Hahn currently serves as President of the Board, The Poetry Society of America and is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, The City University of New York.

Dr. Amanda Hendrix

Dr. Amanda Hendrix

AMANDA R. HENDRIX is a Senior Scientist with the Planetary Science Institute, based in Boulder. She worked for twelve years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and was the Deputy Project Scientist for the Cassini–Huygens mission (2010-2012). She has been a scientific investigator on the Cassini, Galileo and Lunar Reconnaissance missions, a principal investigator on NASA research and Hubble Space Telescope observing programs, and is the author of many scientific papers. Hendrix is the director of NASA’s Toolbox for Research and Exploration (TREX). With Charles Wohlforth, she authored Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets. (Photo credit: Michael Lionstar)

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

PAUL D. MILLER aka DJ Spooky is an established composer, multimedia artist and author whose fourth book, The Imaginary App, was released in 2014.  Miller is the 2017-2018 recipient of the The Hewlett 50 Arts Commission Award which will support the creation of “Sonic Web,” a multimedia performance and an installation based on the history and evolution of the internet, which will premiere at San Francisco’s Internet Archive in January 2019. Upcoming album releases include “Phantom Dancehall” with premier reggae label VP Records and his first blockchain album, “The Invisible Hand,” commissioned by SingularDTV. (Photo credit: Becky Yee)

David Axelrod

David Axelrod

DAVID AXELROD‘S eighth collection of poems, The Open Hand, was published by Lost Horse Press in the autumn of 2017. His second collection of nonfiction, The Eclipse I Call Father: Essays in Absence is forthcoming from Oregon State University Press in the spring of 2019. Other work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in About Place, Cloudbank, CrazyHorse, Fogged Clarity, The Hopper, Hubbub, The Singing Bowl, and Terrain, among others.

Michael Benson

MICHAEL BENSON‘s work focuses on the intersection of art and science. A writer, artist, and filmmaker, in the last decade Benson has staged a series of large-scale shows of reprocessed planetary landscape photography in major museums in the US and internationally. His new book, Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece, was published by Simon & Schuster on the 50th anniversary of the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey in April, 2018. The book is currently in its fifth printing.

Benson has contributed to many publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Rolling Stone. He’s currently using scanning electron microscopes to focus on natural design at sub-millimeter scales for a project titled Nanocosmos. Michael Benson is a Fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities, a recent Visiting Scholar at the Center for Bits and Atoms in the MIT Media Lab, and a Weizmann Institute of Science Advocate for Curiosity. (Author photo credit: Lucie Goodayle, NHM Images)

Dr. Gillian Bowser

Dr. Gillian Bowser

DR. GILLIAN BOWSER is a Research Scientist and Scholar with the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on the intersections of ecology and society with particular interest in human communities and their perceptions of change to ecosystem services such as water. Her work is mainly in Peru and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, USA.

Ellen Brinks

Ellen Brinks

ELLEN BRINKS is a Professor of English at Colorado State University. She teaches literature classes for undergraduates and graduate students. Her research focuses on the gothic, nineteenth-century British literature, and world literatures.

Jenny Browne

JENNY BROWNE is the 2017-18 Poet Laureate of the State of Texas, and the author of three collections of poems, At Once, The Second Reason, and Dear Stranger, as well as two chapbooks, Welcome to Freetown and Texas, Being.

A former James Michener Fellow at the University of Texas, she worked for many years as a poet-in-the-schools through the Texas Commission on the Arts and is currently a professor of English at Trinity University where she teaches courses in creative writing, women and gender studies and environmental literature. She has received the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and two creative writing fellowships from the Texas Writers League. Recent poems and essays have appeared widely, including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Garden and Gun, Oxford American, The Nation, The New York Times and Tin House.

John Calderazzo

John Calderazzo

JOHN CALDERAZZO, a former full-time freelance writer of essays and magazine and newspaper articles, recently retired from teaching creative writing Colorado State University. 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 book of travel essays, Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives.

He often writes about the interrelationships of science, art, and culture. His work has been cited in Best American Stories and Best American Essays and has appeared in Georgia Review, Audubon, Orion, Witness, High Country News, Best American Nature Writing 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. In retirement he teaches scientists and scholars to use traditional storytelling techniques to communicate better with the public and decision makers.

Andy Caldwell

Andy Caldwell

ANDY CALDWELL is the Director of the Stargazer Observatory and a full-time astronomy and geology member at Front Range Community College-Larimer Campus. He conducts open house nights for Stargazer and Sunlight Peak Observatories. Prior to coming to the Larimer campus, he taught high school science in Castle Rock for 13 years. He wrote a Master’s Thesis on possible meteorite craters in Colorado and organized meteorite searches and field trips for the DMNS. The connections he made between meteorite research and teaching allowed him to become a member of the 2002/2003 Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) team. Andy spent two months on “the ice” collecting with his team over 600 meteorites.

SueEllen Campbell

SueEllen Campbell

SUE ELLEN CAMPBELL, a recently retired professor in English at CSU, writes books and articles about human relationships with the natural world, including our perceptions and understandings of climate change. As co-founder and -director of Changing Climates @ CSU, she created and curates the website 100 Views of Climate Change, which aims to provide truly accessible information about this subject to interested citizens of the planet. She is the author of The Face of the Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science, and Culture as well as Even Mountains Vanish: Searching for Solace in An Age of Extinction and Bringing the Mountain Home.

Abigail Chabitnoy

Abigail Chabitnoy

ABIGAIL CHABITNOY earned her MFA in poetry at Colorado State University and was a 2016 Peripheral Poets fellow. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Tin House, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Nat Brut, Red Ink, and Mud City, and she has written reviews for Colorado Review and the Volta blog. She is a descendant of the Koniag Corporation and member of the Tangirnaq Native Village in Kodiak, Alaska. She grew up in Pennsylvania and currently resides in Colorado. Her debut poetry collection, How to Dress a Fish, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press.

Matthew Cooperman

MATTHEW COOPERMAN is the award-winning author of five poetry collections, four chapbooks, and the newly published book, NOS (disorder, not otherwise specified), co-written with Aby Kaupang and released in August.

His poetry collections include Spool, winner of the New Measure Prize; Imago for the Fallen World; Still: Of the Earth as the Ark Which Does Not Move; Daze; and A Sacrificial Zinc, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize. And the four chapbooks are: Little Spool, winner of the Pavement Saw Chapbook Prize; Still: (to be) perpetual; Words About James; and Surge, winner of the Wick Prize.

Recent poetry and criticism have appeared in Jacket, New American Writing, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Lana Turner, VOLT, Free Verse, Denver Quarterly, and Gutcult, among others.  Cooperman teaches at poetry writing workshops and literature at Colorado State University, where he is a poetry editor of Colorado Review.

Kevin Duggan

KEVIN DUGGAN is an opinion writer for The Fort Collins Coloradoan, where he has worked in various newsroom capacities for 22 years. A native Coloradan, he holds bachelor degrees in English from the University of Colorado-Boulder and journalism from Metropolitan State University in Denver. He and his wife, Lisa, enjoy traveling, hiking, cross-country skiing and spending time with their two adult daughters.

Carolina Ebeid

CAROLINA EBEID‘S  work appears widely in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Crazyhorse, jubilat, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry, and others. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers, and has won awards and fellowships from the Stadler Center for Poetry, CantoMundo, The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Academy of American Poets. She was awarded an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry for 2015.

She is a PhD candidate in the University of Denver’s creative writing program, where she serves as Associate Editor of the Denver Quarterly. Her first book, You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior, was published by Noemi Press in 2016 as part of their Akrilica series. Poets & Writers Magazine selected You Ask Me To Talk About The Interior as one of the ten best debut collections in 2016. She is currently at work on a book project entitled Hide.

Teresa Funke

TERESA FUNKE is the embodiment of the modern artist/entrepreneur. She is the author of seven award-winning works of fiction for adults and children set in World War II, including Dancing in Combat Boots and War on a Sunday Morning.

She is the owner of Victory House Press and successfully produces and markets her own books. She is a nationwide speaker and writer’s consultant, and the co-creator of Self-Publishing Blueprint, the only tool you will need to cut through the confusion of self-publishing and save yourself from costly mistakes. Visit to learn more about Teresa and access additional resources for writers of all kinds or read her motivational blog “Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life.”

Stephanie G’Schwind

STEPHANIE G’SCHWIND is the Director of the Center for Literary Publishing and Editor of Colorado Review.  Before joining the Center for Literary Publishing, Stephanie worked as a copyeditor at Group Publishing and then as senior production assistant and freelance copyeditor at Indiana University Press. As director of the Center, she is editor of Colorado Review and the Colorado Prize for Poetry Series, and directs an internship that trains graduate-student interns in basic publishing skills. She received her B.A. (English) and M.A. (Communication Development) at Colorado State University.

Natalie Giarratano

NATALIE GIARRATANO is the author of Big Thicket Blues (2017) and Leaving Clean, winner of the 2013 Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry (2013). Her poems have appeared in Beltway Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, Tinderbox, and American Literary Review, among others. She edits and lives in Fort Collins with her partner and daughter and is the city’s 2018 Poet Laureate.

Mike Hotka

MIKE HOTKA is an amateur astronomer, a software systems engineer in the aerospace industry and an author. He has a BA degree in Computer Science and Physics, a MS degree in Computer Science and a second MS degree in Mission Operations and Space Management. His book, Exploring Amateur Astronomy – Goal Oriented Observing, describes a hands-on approach to observational astronomy. Mike wrote this book because of his love of astronomy and his desire to share his knowledge of observing celestial objects with others. Mike is working on a second book which will be published in another year.


Sam Houghteling

Sam Houghteling

SAM HOUGHTELING is a creative and enterprising leader who is passionate about collaborative problem solving, and is leading the development of the Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership at Colorado State University. From 2013-2017, Sam worked with the City of Fort Collins, and was on the leadership teams for Fort Collins Startup Week, the Northern Colorado Food Cluster, the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District, and Compass Innovation School. Prior to moving to Colorado, Sam served as a Director for a Massachusetts based public health non-profit and interned in a U.S. Congressional Office. Sam is interested in how community networks influence the policy making process, and is pursuing a Ph.D. at CSU in Public Administration and Environmental Policy. Sam enjoys playing baseball, cooking, live music, and spending time in the mountains.

Sheala Henke

Sheala Henke

Born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and local CSU alumni, SHEALA DAWN HENKE wears the many sorting hats of a fulfilling life. When she’s not ‘cracking’ the dawn at 4:30 a.m. to tackle her daily word count, or ‘river-ratting’ on the local waterways, she teaches at a local elementary school. A veteran educator, with nearly twenty years in the trenches, she wields her ‘not-so-supernatural’ powers developing long-lasting relationships with young readers and aspiring writers. Sheala is a connoisseur of the enigmatic sciences and passionate advocate of breaking through barriers that shape the human experience. Longtime member associate with the Northern Colorado Writers Association and honored 2016 title winner recipient of the Jerry Eckert Scholarship for philanthropic writers, she is a hybrid published author of her debut YA Climate Fiction series, IDEA33 and the new release of her Literary Fantasy novel, Story Bends. Sheala and her husband and two children thrive in Fort Collins, Colorado.


Aby Kaupang

ABY KAUPANG is the author of, most recently NOS, disorder not otherwise specified (w. Matthew Cooperman, Futurepoem), Disorder 299.00 (w. Matthew Cooperman, Essay Press), Little “g” God Grows Tired of Me (SpringGun), Absence is Such a Transparent House (Tebot Bach) and Scenic Fences | Houses Innumerable (Scantily Clad Press). She has had poems appear in The Seattle Review, FENCE, La Petite Zine, The Laurel Review, Dusie, Verse, Denver Quarterly, & others. She holds master’s degrees in both creative writing and occupational therapy and lives in Fort Collins where she served as the Poet Laureate from 2015-2017.

Sam Kean

SAM KEAN is the New York Times bestselling author of Caesar’s Last Breath; The Dueling Neurosurgeons; The Disappearing Spoon; and The Violinist’s Thumb. His stories have appeared in The Best American Nature and Science Writing, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, and Slate, and his work has been featured on NPR’s “Radiolab,” “Science Friday,” “All Things Considered,” and “Fresh Air.”

TH Leatherman

TH LEATHERMAN is a writer from Firestone, Colorado. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, winemaking, and the Rocky Mountain lifestyle. He is the author of a series of books that include The Burning Son and Marque of the Son. When not busy writing his next book, he can be found hiking with his wife and two sons or walking his rescued dogs. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Regis University with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Psychology.

Tim Lee

Tim Lee

TIM LEE, writing under the pen name Talee, is an American author of science fiction and fantasy best known for writing the Power Colors fantasy series. He has published 8 novels and has written around 12 short stories. His love for science fiction and fantasy books began when he read books by some of the great authors of the early 1970s. Authors like Andre Norton, Poul Anderson, C.J. Cherryh, Katheryn Kurtz and Frank Herbert were, and still are, among his favorites.

Josh Lehman

Josh Lehman

JOSH LEHMAN is a County Court Judge in Northern Colorado. He is married to Tiffany, a beautiful mental health therapist, who helps keep him sane. He has one fabulous daughter who, at six, is determined to be a scientist and an artist. His family also consists of five rescue animals (two dogs, two cats, and a cockatiel) which constantly work to undo the aforementioned sanity. Josh has always enjoyed telling tales and entertaining others. He loves writing almost as much as he loves reading and, while he likes any genre well written, he holds a torch for fantasy and science fiction. His novel, A Song for Eventide: The Darkness Rises, is the first book in his Lifestream trilogy.

JC Lynne

JC LYNNE is a graduate of Metropolitan State University and Colorado State University. She holds degrees in Aerospace Science, English, English Education, and Education. After ten years as an air traffic controller, she spent ten years teaching Language Arts, Writing, and Film. She currently lives and writes in Colorado.

She divides her time between writing, wrangling two pseudo-adult boys, three dogs, two cats, and quelling dust bunny rebellions. The Esau Emergence and The Esau Convergence are the first two books in The Esau Continuum, a trilogy of thrillers based on the fascinating science of genetic engineering, epigenetics, and mycology. These stories contain the cutting edge of theoretical science. Sometimes reality is more thrilling than anything we can imagine.

Michael McLane

MICHAEL MCLANE is the author of the chapbook Trace Elements and is an editor with Sugar House Review and saltfront: studies in human habit(at). His work has appeared in numerous journals, including High Country News, Western Humanities Review, Denver Quarterly, Dark Mountain,, Colorado Review, and The Laurel Review. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University and an MS in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. McLane lives in Salt Lake City, where he serves as director of both the Utah Center for the Book at Utah Humanities and the annual Utah Humanities Book Festival.

Todd Mitchell

TODD MITCHELL is an award-winning author of middle grade and young adult novels including The Last Panther which won a 2018 Colorado Book Award and a Colorado Author’s League Book Award, and was named 2018 Green Earth Honor Book. His other popular books include The Traitor King; The Secret to Lying; and Backwards. He created the graphic series Broken Saviors, and co-wrote the graphic novel A Flight of Angels. Currently, he serves as Director of the Beginning Creative Writing Teaching Program at Colorado State University.

Dr. Nik Money

DR. NICHOLAS P. MONEY is an Anglo-American gentleman of letters, mycologist, and professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His books include Mr. Bloomfield’s Orchard: The Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists (2002), The Amoeba in the Room (2014), and Mushrooms: A Natural and Cultural History (2017).

His most recent book, The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization (2018), celebrates our favorite microorganism and partner in brewing, wine making, and baking. He is a self-described expert on the poetry of John Milton. His forthcoming book, The Selfish Ape: Human Nature and our Path to Extinction, will be published in 2019. (Author photo credit: Amy Tripple)

April Moore

APRIL MOORE is Director of Northern Colorado Writers and the author of two books; Folsom’s 93 is a historical nonfiction about the lives and crimes of Folsom Prison’s executed men, and Bobbing for Watermelons is a novel. She has written for publications and her short stories have appeared in anthologies. She is currently working on a young adult novel.

April is passionate about writing and helping others achieve their goals. Through classes, workshops, meetings, retreats, and an annual conference, Northern Colorado Writers is able to provide it’s 250+ members and other writers the tools, encouragement, and information needed to create a successful writing life.

Richard Munson

RICHARD MUNSON is an author, businessman, and activist in the field of clean energy and industrial energy efficiency. His most recent book is Tesla: Inventor of the Modern (2018). He directs the Environmental Defense Fund’s clean energy efforts in the Midwest and lives outside of Chicago, Illinois. More information can be found on his author website,

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.

Carolyn Collins Petersen

CAROLYN COLLINS PETERSEN is a Colorado-based science writer who specializes in astronomy and space-science topics. Carolyn began writing astronomy- and space-related books in the 1990s. Her latest, Space Exploration: Past, Present, Future, was released in the UK November 2017, and is now available worldwide. Her popular book Astronomy 101: From the Sun and Mon to Wormholes and Warp Drive, Key Theories, Discoveries, and Facts about the Universe is in its sixth edition, published by Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Carolyn is currently writing a new astronomy book, due out from Amberley Press in late 2019.

Carolyn is CEO of Loch Ness Productions, which produces and distributes fulldome video and works with science centers and planetarium facilities. She has written 50+ documentary scripts for domes and online streaming. Carolyn is also a prolific exhibit writer and has worked on projects for Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the California Academy of Sciences.

Jeffrey Pethybridge

JEFFREY PETHYBRIDGE grew up in Virginia. He earned a BA from Old Dominion University, a MA from Boston University, and a PhD from the University of Missouri. He is author of the poetry collection Striven, The Bright Treatise (2013), named a best debut collection by Poets & Writers Magazine. In The Rumpus, Jody Smiling declared the book to be “as visual, tactile and melodious as it is analytical and historically referential. It is a rhetoric lingering in preterition, challenging our cultural, philosophical, personal and political ideas of death as impermanent and suicide as choice.”

Pethybridge’s work has appeared in journals and anthologies, including Best American Experimental Writing, the Chicago Review, Poor Claudia, and New American Writing. He is poetry editor of the web journal Likestarlings and managing director of the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University; he also teaches in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Pethybridge lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife, poet Carolina Ebeid. Together they host Lord Weary’s Reading Series and edit the zine Visible Binary.

Joe Petrone

Joe Petrone

JOE PETRONE was born in Wyoming, but spent much of his childhood in southeast Asia where he graduated from Jakarta International School in Indonesia. He moved to Fort Collins to attend CSU before moving back to his home state for law school where he graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law. Although his Wyoming roots run deep, Joe always knew he was destined to return to Fort Collins and continue his career. He spent the next ten years at the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office, he left prosecution work in 2017 and started his own practice. In his past time, Joe likes to scribble science fiction stories and share them with his writing group. Joe and his wife Katrina live in Fort Collins with their two young children.

Susan Shriner

Susan Shriner

DR. SUSAN A. SHRINER is a quantitative biologist at the National Wildlife Research Center, the research arm of the USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services program. As a wildlife epidemiologist and disease ecologist she has an interest in avian influenza, avian blood parasites, and spatial ecology. Her current research examines the shedding dynamics of avian influenza virus in mallards; cross immunity and antibody stability for avian influenza viruses; and the role of wildlife in antimicrobial resistance associated with agricultural operations.

Jennifer Spencer

JENNIFER SPENCER is an artist, inventor, and entrepreneur who lives and works in Colorado. She has explored songwriting, invented and patented products, been the CEO of start-up ventures, and sung in rock and roll bands. Currently, Jennifer mentors early-stage inventors through the Larimer Small Business Development Center. She focuses her creativity on oil painting and the abstraction of ideas.

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.

Sasha Steensen

Sasha Steensen

SASHA STEENSEN is the author of four books of poetry: House of Deer (Fence Books),  A Magic Book (Fence Books),  The Method (Fence Books), and Gatherest (Ahsahta Press). She has also published several essays including “Openings: Into Our Vertical Cosmos,” which can be read at Essay Press. A co-poetry editor of Colorado Review, Steensen teaches literature and creative writing at Colorado State University.  She lives in Fort Collins with her husband, their two kids, a flock of chickens, two goats, a bearded dragon, and a barn cat.

Erin Udell

ERIN UDELL is a 2012 graduate of Colorado State University’s Department of Journalism and Media Communication and, since that fall, has worked at The Fort Collins Coloradoan. Starting in 2014, Udell has covered arts and entertainment in Fort Collins and recently took on the role of digital reporter, writing stories, editing videos and producing podcasts for the USA Today Newtork.

Carol Van Natta

CAROL VAN NATTA, USA TODAY bestselling author, writes science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romance. She is the author of the multi-award winning Central Galactic Concordance space opera, adventure, and romance series that starts with Overload Flux and Minder Rising, and includes Cats of War from Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3. She is also the author of the acclaimed Ice Age Shifters paranormal romance series that starts with Shifter Mate Magic and Shift of Destiny. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with the resident mad scientist and various superior cats.

Jodi Varon

Jodi Varon

JODI VARON is the author of Drawing to an Inside Straight: The Legacy of an Absent Father, a WILLA Award finalist. Her most recent essay, “Sad Angel” (Rock and Sling: A Journal of Witness, spring 2018), explores the interplay between skepticism and spirituality. She is an editor at Lynx House Press and a contributing editor for basalt: a journal of fine and literary arts.

Peter Waack

PETER WAACK (pronounced “walk”) is the CEO of Rocky Mountain Student Media, a Colorado not-for-profit experiential education organization serving CSU students. RMSMC includes KCSU FM 90.5, CSU TV 11, The Rocky Mountain Collegian and other media units. Waack is the former GM of The Daily Orange at Syracuse University and holds a law degree from University of Colorado and an undergraduate degree in Communications from The University of Wisconsin.

Kathleen Willard

Kathleen Willard

KATHLEEN WILLARD joined her high school protest to save the whales in California, which began her lifelong interest in environmental issues. Her poetry is inspired by studies of the Environmental Protection Agency, science articles and science journalism. Her book of poems, Cirque and Sky, uses pastorals explore the beauty of nature and anti-pastorals highlight its exploitation. The anti-pastorals tackle fracking, superfund sites, benzene spills, wildfires and pine bark beetle infestation. She is currently working on a second book of poems dealing with climate change titled Livable Equilibrium.

Dr. Erin Macdonald

DR. ERIN MACDONALD is the host of the YouTube series “Dr. Erin Explains the Universe” and works as a consultant and educator, merging science fiction and STEM. Her PhD and postdoctoral research was with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, looking for gravitational waves from neutron stars and gamma-ray bursts. Upon leaving the collaboration a year before their prize-winning detection, she found solace in science fiction, studying methods of gravity and faster-than-light travel, fulfilling her life goal of becoming a “warp drive expert”. In addition to her YouTube series, she currently lives in Los Angeles and consults with writers, gives talks all over the US, and is writing a book on spacetime in science fiction.

Wade Troxell

WADE TROXELL is the Mayor of Fort Collins, Colorado. As a Malcolm Baldrige 2017 recipient, Fort Collins was recognized for our unceasing drive for radical innovation, thoughtful leadership, and administrative improvement. Mayor Troxell was first elected in April 2015 is now serving his second term. He is on the Mechanical Engineering (ME) faculty and serves as the ME Associate Department Head at Colorado State University (CSU). As a community of 170,000 residents, Fort Collins is a University city, home to CSU. Our community is known for natural beauty, vibrant high-tech industry that provides for a strong economy, which enables a desirable place for families to live, work, and play. As Mayor, he is committed to a sustainable future impacting our energy, water, multi-modal transportation and environmental stewardship. Dr. Troxell received his BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from CSU. He was a NATO Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He has been on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 1985. Dr. Troxell is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of robotics and intelligent control of distributed systems. His research has focused on autonomous robotic systems and architectures for distributed resources.

Carson Block

 CARSON BLOCK has lead and loved library technology efforts for more than 20 years.  He’s been called a “Geek who speaks English” and occasionally compared to Ferris Bueller and Calvin (and Hobbes).  Carson is dead serious about the essential and positive community impacts of libraries and focuses his consulting practice on helping libraries increase their capacity to serve patrons. He has served in leadership positions in ALA ASCLA, ColoradoPLA and others, and evangelizes libraries to SXSW Interactive and other tech communities.  Carson is the author of Managing Library Technology: A LITA Guide.

Sara Nesbitt

Sara Nesbitt

SARA NESBITT is a library assistant with the Poudre River Public Library District. She is also a former reporter with The Colorado Springs Business Journal and The Colorado Springs Gazette. She co-created and co-teaches the Library District’s “Fake News: A Battle Plan For Online Information” and works to promote digital and media literacy in the community. She will moderate the panel “Journalism, Media Literacy, and the Post-Truth World.”

Nathan Lowell

Nathan Lowell

Appearance cancelled.  NATHAN LOWELL started writing when he crayoned his first story on his bedroom wall in the 50s. He started writing seriously in 2007 and found success in self-publishing his novels as audio podcasts. He’s been a full time writer since 2012. Novel #16 is on the word processor. He admits that digital revisions are a lot neater than crayons, and much easier to read. He is well-known for his The Golden Age of the Solar Clipper science fiction series.

Eric Magrane

Eric Magrane

Appearance cancelled. ERIC MAGRANE is an assistant professor of geography at New Mexico State University. He is the co-editor of The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide (University of Arizona Press), which has received multiple awards, including a 2016 Southwest Book of the Year and a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Recent work appears in GeoHumanities, Ecotone, ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments, Green Humanities, Louisville Review, the books Counter-desecration: A glossary for writing within the Anthropocene (Wesleyan), Big energy poets: When ecopoets think climate change (BlazeVOX), and elsewhere. He is also the founding editor of Spiral Orb, an experiment in permaculture poetics. (Photo: Thomas Macdonald)