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In “Fake,” a high-school outsider describes her online metamorphosis

Donna Cooner was born and raised in Texas. She is a three-time graduate of Texas A&M University. A former teacher and school administrator, she is currently a professor of education at Colorado State University.  She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband and chocolate labs. Donna’s debut novel, “Skinny,” was named an ALA’s Best Young […]

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A rite of initiation provides a violent — but welcome — admission to an eternal bond

Erika T. Wurth’s publications include two novels, “Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend” and “You Who Enter Here,” two collections of poetry and a collection of short stories, “Buckskin Cocaine.” A writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. […]

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Humanity and nature, mother and son, fulfillment and regret — a field guide

Emily Wortman-Wunder is an essayist and fiction writer, with recent work in the Kenyon Review, Creative Nonfiction, Nimrod, High Country News, and elsewhere. “Not a Thing to Comfort You,” winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, is her first book. She teaches scientific writing at the University of Colorado Denver. The following is an excerpt […]

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An unusual setting for romance: A petroleum tank farm, an inspection of irregularities, a drug lord and his henchman

Harper McDavid watched her mother ride the roller coaster of writing books, swearing she’d never do it herself. But some things are just hardwired, and luckily for Harper, the world has moved on beyond typewriters and 10-pound manuscripts. “Zapata” is McDavid’s debut novel and the winner of both the 2020 Colorado Book Award and the […]

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An eager new investigator proves indispensable in a novel about a Colorado cold-case murder

Award-winning author Donnell Ann Bell knows statistically that crime and accidents happen within a two-mile radius of home. With that in mind, she leaves the international capers to others and concentrates on stories that might happen in her neck of the woods.  Donnell’s novels “The Past Came Hunting,” “Deadly Recall,” “Betrayed” and “Buried Agendas” have […]

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Torrential storm, vibrations of holy energy arise from forbidden objects and places

While still in college in New York, John Nizalowski started his writing career by publishing book reviews in science-fiction magazines and scripting radio ads for local radio stations. He is the author of five books: a multi-genre work entitled “Hooking the Sun”; two collections of poetry, “The Last Matinée” and “East of Kayenta”; and two […]

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An unexpected moment in baggage claim sent the Colorado author on her most difficult journey

Michele Morris is the award-winning author of two cookbooks (“Tasting Colorado” and “A Taste of Washington”) and a freelance food and travel writer whose work has appeared in The Denver Post, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Edible Front Range, and Nourish.  Her memoir, “Poco a Poco,” was released in 2018 and has garnered several awards, including a Nautilus Book Award. Proceeds from the book support families impacted by brain aneurysms.  The […]

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The legacy of Colorado’s historic abandoned mines includes new, and critical, habitat for opportunistic bats

A 2018 finalist for Colorado Authors League award for General Non-fiction Chapter 18 Bat Country “So what can you tell me about the boots?” I asked the room full of clothing-optional enthusiasts. It was late afternoon, I’d been driving for hours, and I had to know. There was a moment where several volunteers at the […]