Wyoming Arts Council

Get writing tips from three authors at the Literary Connection Oct. 4-5

Attend a free writing workshop on Friday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Laramie County Community College’s Center for Conferences and Institutes.

This Literary Connection event will be conducted by Poe Ballantine, Dave Jannetta and Lisa Zimmerman.

Ballantine and Jannetta will present “Love and Terror: The Infinite Fascinations and Complex Problems of Portraying True Crime in a Small Town.”

Zimmerman will talk about “Writing through the Block: Inventive Ways to Get Lines to the Page.”

Continental breakfast provided.

On Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the three writers will talk in detail about their work at the Center for Conferences and Institutes. It will be followed by a book signing. Lunch is provided.  Fee is $45. Online registrations are now closed. Please call 307.778.1285 to register.

About the Authors
Poe Ballantine: Born in Denver, Poe Ballantine is known for his novels and essays, many of which appeared in The Sun. His second novel, Decline of the Lawrence Welk Empire, won Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. The odd jobs, eccentric characters, boarding houses, buses, and beer that populate Ballantine’s work often draw comparisons to the life and work of Charles Bukowski and Jack Kerouac.Poe Ballantine is the author of the true-crime book Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere (2012) and is also the subject of the documentary Poe Ballantine, A Writer in America. He has written four books – two collections of essays and two novels. Many of the stories he tells are taken from his personal experiences that include traveling, living on the road, and working some 75 odd jobs. One of Ballantine’s short stories, The Blue Devils of Blue River Avenue, was included in Best American Short Stories 1998 and his essay 501 Minutes to Christ appeared in Best American Essays 2006.
He lives in Chadron, Nebraska, with his wife, Christina, and their son.
Dave Jannetta: Dave Jannetta is the founder of 32-20 Productions, a Philadelphia-based production company covering the full spectrum of film and video production with a focus on telling quality stories of all shapes and sizes. Dave has worked closely with Poe Ballantine to turn his story Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere into a documentary movie.
Dave will discuss taking a literary piece and working with it to create a visual representation.
Lisa Zimmerman: Lisa Zimmerman received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in the Colorado Review, Redbook, Paper Street, Poet Lore, Eclipse, Atlanta Review and many other journals. Her poetry has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. She has published two poetry chapbooks as well as the full-length collections How the Garden Looks From Here, winner of the 2004 Violet Reed Haas Poetry Award, and The Light at the Edge of Everything (2008). Lisa is an assistant professor of English at the University of Northern Colorado and has been the poet-in-residence at Colorado schools in Aurora, Brighton, Longmont, Fort Collins and Idalia.

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