2016 Literary Crawl Authors

Alicia Barber
Historian and writer Alicia Barber documents and interprets stories of people and places through her consulting firm, Stories in Place. She is the author of Reno’s Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City and the co-founder and editor of Reno Historical, a smart phone app and website dedicated to Reno’s history (renohistorical.org). Recipient of the 2014 Nevada Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, she blogs about history and place at aliciambarber.com.

Michael Branch
Michael Branch, who is Professor of English at UNR, has published five books and more than 200 articles, essays, and reviews. His creative nonfiction includes pieces that have received Honorable Mention for the Pushcart Prize and been recognized as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays (three times), The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading (a humor anthology). His creative work has appeared in magazines and journals including Utne Reader, Orion, Slate, Ecotone, Places, Whole Terrain, and Red Rock Review. Mike has three new books forthcoming, two which are works of place-based creative nonfiction that use humor to engage high desert landscapes. Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness will be out from Roost Books this August and is already available for pre-order. Living the High Life Out West (GFT Books) will be published next spring.

Tracy Clark

Tracy Clark is the award-winning author of novels for young-adults. Her books include The Light Key Trilogy (Scintillate, Deviate, Illuminate) and Mirage. She’s a longtime member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and has been on faculty and panels at conferences around the country. Tracy continues to write for teens while raising two of them in her home state of Nevada. Visit her at tracyclark.org.

Guy Clifton
Guy Clifton, a third-generation Nevadan, has been a sportswriter since 1982, receiving state, regional and national awards for his writing. He has worked for the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Gardnerville Record-Courier, Fishing and Hunting News, and the Tahoe World. He is currently a senior reporter for the Reno Gazette-Journal. Dempsey in Nevada is his fourth book. He has also written Reno Rodeo: A History, and two volumes of You Know You’re a Nevadan If…

Jerri Conrad
Jerri Conrad has a degree in journalism. She has traveled throughout the great state of Nevada for fun, work and as a board member for a wilderness non-profit.

Brian Crane

Brian Crane was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began drawing at an early age. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1973. In 1984 he and his wife Diana moved from Idaho Falls to Sparks, NV, to take a job as art director at a Reno ad agency. In his spare time Brian began developing a comic strip called Pickles, about an elderly couple and their daughter, grandson and pets. Pickles was syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group in 1990, and today appears in around 1000 newspapers around the world. In 2001 it was awarded the prize for Best Comic Strip by the National Cartoonists Society. In 2013 he was awarded the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, the highest award given by the National Cartoonists Society. Crane creates Pickles from a studio in his home in Sparks. His daughter Emily colors the daily and Sunday strips for him. Brian and his wife Diana are the parents of 7 children and 14 grandchildren, all of whom help inspire ideas for Pickles.

Joe Crowley
Joe Crowley came to Nevada for a one-semester appointment in January, 1966, and stayed a little longer. He served a term as Faculty Senate chair, then as chair of the political science department, became interim president of the university in 1978 and was appointed to the job on a regular basis a year later. He held the position for 23 years, resigning in January 2001, serving thereafter as Regents Professor, teaching courses in the core humanities program. He became interim president at San Jose State University, 2003-04, and again at UNR in 2005-06. Over the course of his career he wrote books and essays on the academic presidency and related topics, culminating with the centennial history of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, an organization he served as president for a two year term, 1993-95. Crowley joined the Nevada Humanities board in 2003, serving for eight years, the final one as chairman. In retirement, he does some consulting and writes some poetry.

Terri Farley
Terri Farley is the best-selling author of the Phantom Stallion series for young readers and Seven Tears into the Sea, a contemporary myth honored by the American Library Association. Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them reaches back to prehistoric times, takes readers inside wild horse herds to learn what it means to be a mustang and forward to the deadly impacts of rangeland politics. Her newest book is an adventurous all-ages work of non-fiction. Terri’s work has sold over two million copies in 27 countries.

Ellen Hopkins
Ellen Hopkins is a poet and the award-winning author of 12 NY Times bestselling young adult novels-in-verse and three novels for adult readers. She lives near Carson City with her extended family, two dogs, one cat and an excessive amount of aquarium critters. You can find her at ellenhopkins.com.

Arian Katsimbras
Arian Katsimbras was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, where he earned his BA from the University of Nevada-Reno. He was a 2015 Best New Poets nominee and the recipient of the Emily Morrison Prize in Poetry selected by Jamaal May. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, Waxwing Literary Journal, Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, Tahoma Literary Review, and anthologized in It Was Written: Poetry Inspired By Hip Hop. He is a graduate of the MFA program at Virginia Tech and currently lives with his partner and son in Reno where he teaches English and serves as the Assistant Poetry Editor for The Meadow.

Eric Neuenfeldt
Eric Neuenfeldt’s book Wild Horse won the 2015 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, sponsored by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, and will be published by University of Massachusetts Press in 2016. His chapbook of stories Fall Ends Tomorrow won the 2010 Iron Horse Literary Review Single-Author Competition. His work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Confrontation, REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, and elsewhere.

Gailmarie Pahmeier
Gailmarie Pahmeier has been a Nevadan for 30 years. She teaches creative writing and contemporary literature courses at the University of Nevada Reno, where she has been honored with the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award and the University Distinguished Teacher Award. She is also on the faculty of the low residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College.
A frequent Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has garnered a number of awards, including a Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship and two Artists Fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council and has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. She is the author of The House on Breakaheart Road and three chapbooks, the most recent of which, Shake It and It Snows, won the 2009 Coal Hill Chapbook Award from Autumn House Press. In 2007, she received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the state of Nevada. She served as Poet-in-Residence for Nevada and is a former National Literary Panelist for the YoungArts Foundation. A new collection of her work, The Rural Lives of Nice Girls, came out in spring of 2014. Gailmarie was recently appointed to be Reno's first poet laureate.

Heather Petty

Heather has been obsessed with mysteries since she was twelve, which is when she decided that stories about murders in London drawing rooms and English seaside villages were far superior to all other stories. Lock & Mori is her first novel. The sequel, Mind Games (Lock & Mori series), releases December 6, 2016. She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, daughter, and four hopelessly devious cats. Visit her at heatherwpetty.com.

June Saraceno
June Sylvester Saraceno is the author of two poetry collections, Of Dirt and Tar, and Altars of Ordinary Light, as well as a chapbook of prose poems, Mean Girl Trips. Her work has appeared in various journals including Poetry Quarterly, Southwestern American Literature, and Tar River Poetry. She is English program chair at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, as well as MFA faculty and founding editor of the Sierra Nevada Review. For more information visit junesaraceno.com.

Bernard Schopen
Bernard Schopen was born and raised in Deadwood, South Dakota. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy, then attended Black Hills State College before earning two degrees at the University of Washington. Then he completed a Ph. D. in English at the University of Nevada. Over the years, he taught at TMCC, St. Anselm’s College, and UNR, where in 2007 he won the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence award. In addition to scholarly articles and a book on the novels of Ross Macdonald, he has published his own fiction, three detective novels set in Reno and Nevada, as well as Calamity Jane, a novel about rural, small town Nevada.  Another novel, set in Cambridge, England, is forthcoming from Baobab Press.  He has been honored with election to the Nevada Literary Hall of Fame.

Logan Seidl
Logan Seidl is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno. Recently, he has won UNR’s DQ Award in fiction and poetry, the James H. MacMillan Scholarship for poetry/fiction written about Nevada, the J. Lee Taylor Creative Writing Scholarship, and sent on scholarship to the Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference. In the fall he will start the MFA program at the University of Nevada, Reno. His work has appeared or will appear in The Kentucky Review, Crab Creek Review, After the Pause, Pine Hills Review, and The Meadow.

David Michael Slater
David Michael Slater is an acclaimed author of books for children, teens, and adults. His work for children includes the picture books Cheese Louise!, Flour Girl, The Boy & the Book, the on-going teen series, Forbidden Books, which is being developed for film by a former producer of The Lion King, and the forthcoming early chapter book series, Mysterious Monsters. David's work for adults includes the hilarious comic-drama Fun & Games which was included on Steven Spielberg's start-up magazine, Heeb's, Best Books of the Year list. David teaches in Reno, Nevada, where he lives with his wife and son. You can learn more about David and his work at davidmichaelslater.com.

Jared Stanley
Jared Stanley is a poet, writer and interdisciplinary artist. He is the author of three collections of poetry, including the forthcoming Ears. Stanley has received fellowships from the Center for Art + Environment and the Nevada Arts Council, and teaches writing and interdisciplinary art at Sierra Nevada College, where he co-directs the SNC Poetry Center. Recent work includes the exhibit The Plain Sense of Things, co-curated with Sarah Lillegard, essays on Twin Peaks, Steely Dan, and the digital poetry project Oaths of the Blossoms. Stanley lives in Reno with an historian and their daughter. Visit him at jared-stanley.info.

Teddy Swecker
Teddy Swecker is the illustrator of five books; Mommi Watta, Spirit of the River written by Virginia Castleman, Under Open Skies by Keeli McClintick, Children In Distress, an art therapy book for medical students written by Linda Whitney Peterson and Milton Edward Hardin and her books, Ducks Ducks, and Spirit Walkers, she wrote, illustrated and published. She lives in Winnemucca, Nevada with her husband, Steve and their two dogs. Visit her at teddyswecker.com.

The Utility Players
Created and hosted by Jessica The-Jester Levity, The Utility Players have been playing together for 7 years; every improv show is a unique co-creation between The Utility Players and their crowd (only 125 tickets available each show). Tickets for their regular season shows are available at the Sands Regency Box Office, or online at sandsregency.com.

This show features 90 minutes of hard-hitting, side-splitting, classic short-form improv comedy in the style of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' that will keep audiences entertained all night. The show takes place in the new Jester's Theater, next to the buffet at the Sands. See it once, or see it every week, this Rated R show is always fresh, always funny, and guaranteed to hit the spot.

William Wilborn
William Wilborn grew up in Bonner, Montana. He attended the University of Montana, Stanford and Cornell and taught English at the University of Nevada in Reno for many years. He has published in Poetry, TriQuarterly and other reviews. Rooms, his first book of poetry, was printed by Harry Duncan of Cummington Press in 1991.

Suzanne Morgan Williams
Suzanne Morgan Williams is the author of the middle grade novel Bull Rider and eleven nonfiction books for children. Bull Rider is a Junior Library Guild Selection, is on several state award lists and won a Western Heritage Award from the National Western Heritage and Cowboy Museum. Her nonfiction titles include Piñatas and Smiling Skeletons, The Inuit, and China’s Daughters. Suzanne has presented and taught writing workshops at dozens of schools, professional conferences, and literary events across the US and Canada. She is a Nevada Arts Council Artist in Residence and was Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Member of the Year, 2012. Visit her at suzannemorganwilliams.com.