2019 Conference

Conference presenters included Juan J. Morales and Emily Sinclair.

Another fabulous conference is in the books!

Here are some photos from the conference:

The Presenters:

Juan Morales

Juan J. Morales is the son of an Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father. He is the author of three poetry collections, including Friday and the Year That Followed (2006), The Siren World (2015), and The Handyman’s Guide to End Times (2018). His poetry has appeared on/in CSPAN2, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Pank, Pleiades, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and others. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Macondista, the Editor/Publisher of Pilgrimage Press, and Department Chair of English & World Languages at Colorado State University-Pueblo. He sponsors the student literary magazine, Tempered Steel and curates the SoCo Reading Series, bringing in national writers to the CSU-Pueblo campus. Follow him on Twitter @ChairmanJuan.

Juan’s session will address Poetry of Witness and Making the Activist Poet. In this generative workshop, we rely on Carolyn Forché’s “Poetry of Witness” to explore how we can use what we see while connecting personal and political topics.

Emily Sinclair

Emily Sinclair is an essayist and fiction writer based in Golden, Colorado. Panic Drapes the Look of the World: Literary Treatment In an Age of Anxiety, first published at Empty Mirror, is forthcoming in the anthology Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences during the Trump era. Her nonfiction work has been published in Riverteeth, The Pinch Journal, Cheat River Review, The Colorado Review, Empty Mirror among others. She was recognized by Best American Essays 2012 and by Best of the Net 2018. She teaches at Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop, One Art Writing and YourAshtanga Yoga Studio. You can learn more by going to https://emilysinclair.net.

Emily will guide us through The “I” of the Storm: The Nonfiction Narrator’s Role. The narrator shapes the story, sets the tone, decides the details, and most important, determines the meaning of a piece. We will explore what it means to tell a nonfiction story as it relates to memoir, essay and other nonfiction forms.