2017 Faculty

Steven Nightingale


 Steven Nightingale is the author of ten books: two novels, six books of sonnets, a long essay on the city of Granada, Spain, and a book of short fiction. The long essay titled Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God, is a 500 page book and it is currently on the NY Times Best Seller list and rated the #1 travel book in the world.

Steve’s interests include the medieval art of Spain and Italy, the wild country of the American West and the Caribbean, cooking for his wife and daughter, astronomy, venture capital, and Emily Dickinson, whom he loves. Chief among his pleasures is teaching by invitation in schools and universities in Nevada and California.  His newest book is The Hot Climate of Promises and Grace: 64 Stories.  Steve is a graduate of Stanford University, and divides his time between the Santa Cruz mountains of California, his beloved home state of Nevada, and the beautiful Albayzin, a barrio in Granada, Spain.




Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer’s poetry has appeared in O Magazine, TEDx, in back alleys, on A Prairie Home Companion and on river rocks around town. Her poems have been described as “a deep oasis for all who seek to experience the sacred in every moment.” In 2015, she was appointed Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope and used the position to launch “Heard of Poets,” an interactive poetry map of Western Colorado poets. She directed the Telluride Writers Guild for 10 years and now co-directs the Talking Gourds Poetry Club. She’s won the Fischer Prize, Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge (twice), the Dwell Press Solstice Prize, the Writer’s Studio Literary Contest (twice), was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. Since 2006, she’s written a poem a day. Favorite themes in her 10 collections of poetry include parenting, gardening, the natural world, love, thriving/failure and daily life. She’s performed and taught poetry for Think 360, Craig Hospital, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Weehawken Arts, Camp Coca Cola, meditation retreats, 12-step recovery programs, hospice, Deepak Chopra, and many other organizations. She earned her MA in English Language & Linguistics at UW-Madison. Favorite one-word mantra: Adjust.  www.wordwoman.com


Lee photo copyDavid Lee is the Cliff Notes Writing Conference.  He joins us each year to try new work out on Boulder or to share new publications.  Last year his newest book Bluebonnets, Firewheels and Brown-eyed Susans or Poems New and Used from the Bandera Rag and Bone Shop made its first appearance at Cliff Notes Writing Conference.  Who knows what this year will bring.  We do know you will hear what Dave is up to in Boulder first.  Dave assists in identifying and inviting faculty each year for the Cliff Notes Writing Conference and making sure participants have completed our yearly homework.  Dave was named Utah’s first Poet Laureate in 1997, serving in this capacity until 2002 at which point he received a Commendation Award in the Utah House of Representatives. He has been honored with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and has received both the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award in Poetry and the Western States Book Award in Poetry. In 1999, his collection News From Down to the Café was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, a testament to the wide national interest in his work. Dave has been chosen as one of Utah’s top twelve writers of all time by the Utah Endowment for the Humanities, and has been honored with the Utah Governor’s Award for lifetime achievement in the arts. In 2001, he was chosen as a finalist for United States Poet Laureate. Dave taught at Southern Utah University and is currently retired.



Past Faculty:

2016 – Eleanor Wilner, Dianne Oberhansly & David Lee

2015 – Alison Luterman, Amy Irvine McHarg & David Lee

2014 – Craig Childs & David Lee

2013 – Eleanor Wilner, Dianne Oberhansly & David Lee

2012 – David Lee, Maria Hodkins & Maximillian Werner

2011 – Craig Childs, Nancy Takecs, Bruce Hucko & David Lee

2010 – Gailmarie Pahmeier, Dianne Oberhansly & David Lee

2009 – David Lee, Dianne Oberhansly & Raymond King Shurtz