Friday, August 30, 2013

Spider-Man's nemesis, steampunk fiction, edgy poetry and hair-raising memoirs all part of Casper literary conference

For a sparsely populated state, we have an amazing amount of arts events. Casper College and ARTCORE have been putting on their fine literary conference for 27 years. This time out, organizers have seized on the college's 2013 theme of "Powerful Women!" and have planned presenters that embody that theme in some interesting ways. Kelly Sue DeConnick, for instance is the top woman writer at Marvel Comics. She is thriving in this male-dominated world with “Osborn: Evil Incarcerated,” featuring Spider Man’s arch-enemy, and a series of Japanese manga adapted into English. Tiffany Trent is best known for her steampunk novel, “The Unnaturalists.” that gives new meaning to "alternative energy." Connie May Fowler writes fantastic novels but will talk at the conference about memoir writing. She’s brought her own experience with an abusive relationship into a powerful memoir and support for orgs that support abused women. Annette Chaudet runs her own successful small press out of small-town Wyoming and Layli Long Soldier transforms her experience on a South Dakota Reservation into edgy poetry.
Quite a line-up.
The 2013 Casper College/ARTCORE Literary Conference will be held Sept. 13-14 in Casper. The events are free and open to the public.
Here's the schedule:
Friday, September 13
Craft Talks:  Second floor, Gateway Building
9–10  AM: Annette Chaudet  Session
10–11 AM: Kelly Sue DeConnick  Session
11–12  AM: Tiffany Trent Session
11-12 AM: Layli Long Soldier Session
Lunch on your own
2–4 PM: WAC creative writing fellowship winners Mary Beth Baptiste, Chad Hanson and Heather Jensen join fellowship judge Connie May Fowler for a reading, Second floor, Gateway Building. FMI: Michael Shay at 307-777-5234 or
7 PM: Tiffany Trent event at the Natrona County Public Library
8 PM: Poetry Slam MC’d by George Vlastos at Metro Coffee downtown
Saturday, September 14
Workshops:  10 AM to Noon, Second Floor, Gateway building. Workshops are free, but space is limited. Please contact to sign up for workshop in poetry (Layli Long Soldier) or fiction (Tiffany Trent or Kelly Sue DeConnick).
Participants can sign up to take a workshop with one of the following authors:
Tiffany Trent  (fiction):  Author of YA novel, The Unnaturalists, from Simon & Schuster
Kelly Sue DeConnick (fiction/scripting):  Writer of Marvel Comics’ “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers Assemble” and creator-owned comic, “Pretty Deadly.”
Layli Long Soldier (poetry):  Postmodern Poet, author of the chapbook Chromosomory (Q Ave Press, 2010)
Noon-2 PM:  Artist Talk by Jeanne Stern, “Book Art,”  with reception-style lunch in the Goodstein Gallery
2–3:30 PM: Young Authors award ceremony and reading w/George Vlastos at the Star Lane Center
4-5 PM: Connie May Fowler Master class, “Lifewriting,” Second Floor, Gateway Building

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