2015 Literary Crawl Authors

Gayle Brandeis

Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (HarperOne), Dictionary Poems (Pudding House Publications), and the novels The Book of Dead Birds (HarperCollins), which won Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement, Self Storage (Ballantine), Delta Girls (Ballantine), and My Life with the Lincolns (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers), which received a Silver Nautilus Book Award and was chosen as a state-wide read in Wisconsin. Gayle served as Inlandia Literary Laureate from 2012-2014. She teaches in the low residency MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, and served as Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence at Sierra Nevada College 2014-205.

Caleb Cage

Caleb S. Cage is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, and a veteran of the Iraq War. He is the co-author of the book, The Gods of Diyala: Transfer of Command in Iraq (Texas A&M, 2008), about his time as a platoon leader, and his essays and fiction have appeared in War, Literature, and the Arts, Red Rock Review, High Country News, Small Wars Journal, and various other publications and anthologies.

Tracy Clark

Tracy Clark grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada. Her two teenagers teach her the fine art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue. Her debut young-adult novel, Scintillate, released in 2014. The Light Key Trilogy continues with Deviate and Illuminate. Be on the lookout for Mirage, a YA thriller coming out in June of 2016. Tracy’s a proud mom, a private pilot, a post-skydiving daredevil, a spicy-chocolate connoisseur, and an irredeemable dreamer. Visit her at www.tracyclark.org.

Christopher Coake

Christopher Coake’s first novel, You Came Back, published in 2012 by Grand Central. His collection of short stories, We’re in Trouble (2005), won the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for a first work of fiction. In 2007 he was named to the once-a-decade list of Best Young American Novelists compiled by the prestigious international journal GRANTA. Coake’s stories have been published in several literary journals and anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories 2004 and The Best American Noir of the Century. His short story "All Through the House" and his novel are currently under option for development into film. A native of Indiana, Coake received his MFA in creative writing from Ohio State University. He is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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.

Carolyn Dufurrena

Carolyn Dufurrena is an author, film-maker and award-winning journalist from rural northwestern Nevada.  Since 2006, she has created eight short videos for Western Folklife Center’s Deep West Video Productions, including “Sheepherders With Cellphones”, about the solitary life of men that live with the sheep on the range, and 2015’s “The Owl Lesson”, with the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, Calif.

She writes for Range Magazine, and was Outside Editor for Brushstrokes and Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West, which received the Wrangler Award for Best Poetry Book of 2014 from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the 2014 Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Poetry. She is the author of the award-winning Fifty Miles from Home: Riding the Long Circle on a Nevada Family Ranch and Sharing Fencelines: Three Friends Write from Nevada’s Sagebrush Corner with Linda Hussa and Sophie Sheppard as well as a poetry chapbook, That Blue Hour.

She is a member of Nevada Arts Council’s Artists in Schools and Communities Roster, through which she conducts residencies in poetry and digital storytelling and a member of Nevada Humanities Board of Trustees.

Tee Iseminger

Tee Iseminger is an alumni of the Squaw Valley Writer’s Workshops, the Fine Arts Work Center's virtual workshops, rural Oregon's Fishtrap Gathering of Writers, and has studied fiction and poetry with some of Reno's finest writers at UNR and TMCC's creative writing programs. She was the recipient of the Sierra Arts Literary Award in 2013 for work in progress, and her work won the third place prize in the 2013 summer poetry contest at Sixfold literary journal. Her poems have appeared in Sixfold and The Meadow. She lives in Reno.

Ann Keniston

Ann Keniston is the author of the poetry collection The Caution of Human Gestures and a chapbook, November Wasps: Elegies, as well as coeditor of The New American Poetry of Engagement: A 21st Century Anthology. Her poems have appeared in Antioch Review, Interim, New Ohio Review, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. She is also a scholar of contemporary American poetry and associate professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. She lives in Reno with her husband and two sons.

Warren Lerude
Warren Lerude, professor emeritus at the Reynolds School of Journalism, is author of the acclaimed biography Robert Laxalt: The Story of a Storyteller, published by the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada in Reno.  He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, former editor and publisher of Reno’s daily newspapers, and author of two earlier best-selling books, American Commander in Spain, Robert Hale Merriman and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, published by the University of Nevada Press, and the text for Robert Cameron’s Above Tahoe and Reno, published by Cameron and Company, San Francisco.

Frank X. Mullen

Frank X. Mullen is a Reno journalist, author, historian and Chautauqua scholar. He has been a newspaperman for 36 years, including 24 years as an editor and investigative reporter at the Reno Gazette-Journal. His Chautauqua characters include Babe Ruth, Henry VIII, Edward R. Murrow and Albert Einstein. He is the author of “The Donner Party Chronicles,” and has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery, PBS and other TV networks. Since 1999, Frank has been an adjunct instructor of journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Scott Neuffer

Scott Neuffer is an award-winning journalist and writer who lives in Gardnerville with his family. His work has appeared in various newspapers, literary journals, magazines and websites, including Carson Valley Times, The Nevada Review and eHow. His first book of short fiction, “Scars of the New Order,” was published by Underground Voices. He is working on a novel.

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.

Susan Palwick

Susan Palwick's fourth novel, Mending the Moon, is forthcoming from Tor Books, which also published her previous three novels: Flying in Place (1992), The Necessary Beggar (2005), and Shelter (2007). Her other books include a story collection, The Fate of Mice (Tachyon Publications, 2007) and a chapbook of sonnets, Brief Visits (Texas Review Press, 2012).

Susan's writing has been honored with an Alex Award from the Modern Library Association, a Silver Pen Award from Friends of the UNR Library, and a Crawford Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. She has also been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award.

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. She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, daughter, and four hopelessly devious cats.

Ben Rogers

Rogers' debut novel, The Flamer, was published in 2012 and his short stories and essays have appeared in a variety of literary publications. He is also the lead author of Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems and of Nanotechnology: The Whole Story. Visit him at www.readrogers.com.

David Michael Slater

David Michael Slater is an award-winning author of books for children, teens, and adults. His books include The Boy & the Book, Cheese Louise!, Flour Girl, Ned Loses His Head, the teen series, Forbidden Books, and the recent highly-acclaimed adult comic-drama, Fun & Games. David teaches in Reno, Nevada, where he lives with his wife and son. You can learn more about David and his work at www.davidmichaelslater.com.

Nathan Slinker

Nathan Slinker’s poems have recently appeared in or are forthcoming from Ninth Letter, Fugue, CutBank, The Meadow, Solstice, Third Coast, and Kenyon Review Online, among others. His awards include the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize from The Puritan magazine, the Robert Watson Literary Prize from the Greensboro Review, a Fishtrap Fellowship, and a 2015 Black Mountain Lookout Residency.  He received his M.F.A. from Arizona State University and now lives in Quincy, California.

Karen Terrey

Karen Terrey is an editor and writing coach, working with many writers of all genres in workshops and individual coaching sessions through her business Tangled Roots Writing.  She also teaches at Lake Tahoe Community College and Sierra College and volunteers with youth writing programs. She is a recipient of grants and scholarships and recently completed a month-long writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She earned her MFA at Goddard College. Her poetry chapbook Bite and Blood is available now for presale from Finishing Line Press. For more information see her blog at www.karenaterrey.blogspot.com.

Laura Wetherington

Laura Wetherington's first book of poetry, A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence 2011), was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the National Poetry Series. She teaches creative writing in Sierra Nevada College's undergraduate English and low-residency MFA programs, where she is a faculty advisor for the Sierra Nevada Review. Recent grants include a literature fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council and an artist grant from the Sierra Arts Foundation. She has just joined the Nevada Arts Council's Artists in Schools + Communities roster.

Lindsay Wilson

Lindsay Wilson, an English Professor at TMCC, co-edits The Meadow. His first book, No Elegies, won the Quercus Review Press Book Award. He serves on the Nevada Writers' Hall of Fame Selection Committee.