Wrap yourself up in words

(11-23-2010)

Grab a hot drink, pull up a chair, and wrap yourself up in words. Adams State College English faculty writers perform new and old favorites in poetry and story at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, in the Luther Bean Museum, located on the second floor of Richardson Hall on the Adams State campus.

Featured faculty include Aaron Abeyta, Peter Anderson, Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, Richard Hamilton, David MacWilliams, and Kathy Park Woolbert.

  Standing Peter Anderson, Richard Hamilton; seated, Aaron Abeyta, Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, and David MacWilliams; and reclining, Kathy Park Woolbert.

Standing Peter Anderson, Richard Hamilton; seated, Aaron Abeyta, Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, and David MacWilliams; and reclining, Kathy Park Woolbert.

Abeyta, originally from Antonito, Colo., received an MFA in creative writing from Colorado State University. His first book Colcha was an American Book Award winner for 2002. Additionally, he won the Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry in 1998 and the grand prize for his the poem Colcha from the Academy of American Poets. He has also had work published widely in literary journals and magazines.

Anderson has worked as a river guide, newspaper reporter, wilderness ranger, publications manager, writing teacher, and editor. He has published many articles in regional newspapers and magazines, a dozen children's books on topics related to natural history and the American West, and a collection of essays called First Church of the Higher Elevations (Ghost Road Press). His poems have been published in anthologies including, most recently, New Poets of the American West (Many Voices Press, 2010). Also in 2010, he edited and published an anthology, Telling it Real: The Best of Pilgrimage magazine, which he edited for 7 years.

Guerrero-Murphy, author of WILLA award-winning Table Walking at Nighthawk, has completed two new manuscripts, her latest focusing on After Lives, poetry about her own and others' experiences with the dead and dying, which she will read from. She teaches creative writing, freshman composition, and literature.

A Cave Canem fellow in African American poetry, Hamilton's work has appeared in several online and print journals, including Aunt Chloe, Reverie: Midwest African American Lit., Poets for Living Waters, and the Drunken Boat. A recent graduate of NYU's MA program in arts politics, he also holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Alabama, and a BA in English from Colorado State University. He is currently at work on his first full-length book of poems.

MacWilliams has been a professor of English at ASC since 2001. He will soon earn a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Ashland University in Ohio.

Woolbert, an Adams State alumna and recent MFA graduate from Lesley University, lives in Jaroso with artist husband Henry Woolbert. In addition to teaching and writing, Kathy carves wood and stone, tends her garden, and practices Aikido.

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