Contributors to our Journal

Anleu, Billie Stanton: now City Hall reporter for The Colorado Springs Gazette, worked in upper management as Sunday editor of The Denver Post, opinion editor of the Tucson Citizen and managing editor at the Montrose Daily Press in western Colorado and at the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Ari, Dr. Nasit: has retired from the defense industry to become  a full-time artivore in Colorado Springs. He intermittently dabbles in poetry in order to communicate with his progeny and/or to articulate our cognitive gaps.

Bell, Lucy: is a retired teacher and writing consultant whose favorite topics are writing and nature.  She is a volunteer naturalist at Cheyenne Mountain State Park and started the program, “A Literary Walk in the Woods,” now in its fourth season. Her teaching career included creating FIRSTWRITE, a program that helped hundreds of teachers teach first graders creative writing, even before they could spell.  Her children’s novel, Molly and the Cat Who Stole Her Tongue, will be published by Ambient Light Publishers in 2016.  Lucy currently writes for local publications and is working on her memoir, Mosaic in Black and White.

Boggs, Kenneth L.: Male, 61 years old, Air Force veteran 1973-1985, MA in Clinical Psychology, originally from Akron, Ohio, have lived in Colorado Springs since 2004 with my wife of 32 years.

Burcher, Will: is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Callicrate, Mike: a native of Evergreen, Colorado, has spent his career as a farmer-rancher, business entrepreneur and family farm advocate. After graduating with a degree in animal science from Colorado State University, he began farming and ranching near the small Northwestern Kansas town of St. Francis. Frustrated by the monopoly control corporations were exerting over the markets and the “bigger is better” mentality common to agriculture, he began to forge a new path, forming a pasture-to-plate marketing company in 2000 named Ranch Foods Direct. He chose to locate his processing and retail facility in Colorado Springs, where it has become an integral part of the community’s shift toward healthier, fresher, more locally grown food. In recent years, he instigated an ongoing campaign to establish a public market and a food hub to benefit local food growers and processors and to help relocalize the food system. He also pioneered the capacity to do on-farm USDA-inspected slaughter at his ranch, where he is also developing a multi-species regenerative agricultural production model. Considered the “go-to expert” on the negative consequences of highly concentrated, industrial meat production, he has served as an advisor for the films Food Inc. and FRESH and for several best-selling books including Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Read his blog at

Ciletti, Jimis an award winning poet and 2010-2012 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate.  Jim and his wife Mary operate Hooked on Books bookstore downtown at 12 E. Bijou where they promote writers, literary events, author signings, and writing workshops.

Eisenstein, Abraham: retired after 19 years at Cheyenne Mtn. H.S. 2005…went under the identity of Mr. X/taught seniors psychology and sociology, gradually becoming psychosocial movement of hearty heady
…existential human geography of an in depth education. grew up in nyc, came thru ellis island at the age of one, 1949/Brooklyn Tech, Queens College, MA in applied economics at QC/hitched from London to Jerusalem, nine weeks/SUNY at Stony Brook, completed course work for doctorate, theoretical economics/receiving teaching assistance honors in both/ten years of intense Karate training, invited to be a student teacher, three national champion awards in kata/trained for a summer in japan at the invitation of JKA
taught economics at NY Institute of Technology/teens, adults, police officers, international students from Africa/Queensboro CC, 5 years/Columbia University, a years’ work in the doctorate program, sports psychology/emphasis NeuroLinguistic Programming/taught at GWHS, upper manhattan, two years of math

Gillespie, Erin: is a working multi-media artist, as well as an art instructor at the Bemis School of Art in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.  Her paintings and other work have been exhibited throughout Colorado Springs, Denver and Portland, Oregon.

Garcia, Reyes R.: Retired professor; ongoing rancher, San Luis Valley philosopher, and social activist.

Gould, Janice: tribal affiliation is Koyomk’auwi Maidu. Her latest book of poetry, titled Doubters and Dreamers (University of Arizona Press, 2011) was a Colorado Book Award and Milton Kessler Book Award finalist. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and is the current Pike’s Peak Poet Laureate, 2014-16.

Handal, Teever: is a divided son between South Carolina and the Southwest. He has lived with the whisper of the writer in his ear most of his life, but has only recently answered its call. Now in addition to being an Engineer, he is poet and writer as well. Accomplishments to date have been a top five finish in an Oxford American essay contest, and actually PUBLISHING a poem in 2016 Poetry While You Wait. Sheesh, O’boy as his grandmother would say.

Jackson, Daisy: is a native Coloradan who retired from the Foreign Service after being assigned to eight overseas posts. Retirement proved to be too tame, so she joined the Peace Corps and subsequently worked as a contractor with the Department of State in hardship posts in Africa and Southeast Asia.

Jenkinson, Clay: is a distinguished humanities scholar at Bismarck State College, a co-creator of the modern Chautauqua movement, and has devoted his life to the elevation of enlightenment ideas through civil discourse. Mr. Jenkinson is deeply passionate about his home state of North Dakota, the Great Plains, buttes, harsh winters, and short-season gardening. He is the creator of the nationally broadcast, “Thomas Jefferson Hour,” heard every week on NPR, and portrays various historical figures such as Teddy Roosevelt, Robert Oppenheimer, John Wesley Powell, and more. Mr. Jenkinson has also appeared in many documentaries, prominent among them, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” by Ken Burns.

Lambert, Brian: lives in Parker, Colorado, with his beautiful wife and son.

Lambert, Teresa: majored in Apparel Design and Production at Colorado State University. The process prompted frequent visits to the campus arboretum where she discovered the pleasure of photography amidst brilliant foliage. She currently retreats in her home with her two year-old, sallying forth on pilgrimages to Church, the library, and Chesterton meetings.

Martinez, Don: Senior Correspondent, Lima Charlie News. Don is a retired Field Artillery officer living in Colorado Springs, CO. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom with two combat deployments to Iraq where he earned his Combat Action Badge. Don reports on national security, public policy, political management, homeland security, and veterans issues.

Meredith, Bruce: worked for Wisconsin Education Association Counsel for over thirty years, retiring in 2008 as its General Counsel. Bruce is a Vietnam Veteran and is currently the Managing Editor of the Deadly Writers Patrol, a journal about war and its aftermath. Four of his stories appeared in DWP, one in O’Dark Thirty. Bruce also has stories published in Florida International and Agora.

Morgan, Sandy: I have words that fill my pockets like a collection of wild flower seeds. I strew them on paper—then transplant them if any come up good and healthy. And thus a poem. I’ve been writing for several years and have been published in several Kansas literary magazines and, most recently, in Colorado Springs PPLD book, “Poetry While You Wait”. I now live and move and have my being in Colorado.

Pamp, F.R.: is a grumpy Vietnam vet and a retired lawyer who misses neither the Army nor practicing law.  He has learned from experience that when you’re planning to tell the truth, you should make sure you’ve got one foot in the stirrup.

Shavin, Julianza: Raised in Georgia, is a composer, writer, and visual artist who adopted the Rocky Mountains as home in 1993. She works as a Specialist Content Editor and is a licensed professional proofreader, acutely suspicious that the former title should have no caps. “Language is my first language,” she will respond, if questioned on language preference, which has never happened, except on a doctor’s form. Recipient of three Pikes Peak Arts Council grants, she was named 2011 Performance Poet of the Year; in 2012, Page Poet. She is published often in literary magazines and has had her artwork selected for several covers. She places often in The National Federation of State Poetry Societies contests and has eight Pushcart-nominated poems. She is the 2016 winner of The Mark Fischer Poetry Prize. Her fourth book, “This Grave Oasis,” came out in October, 2015. President of Poetry West (, in Colorado Springs, she served as editor of the thirtieth anniversary issue of its literary magazine, “The Eleventh Muse.” Her favorite words are solace, haven, pilgrim, oasis and Mommy, and her age-defying workout includes chocolate and avoidance of mirrors and glass. She is a closet optimist whose fifth book will be released in fall of 2016. Her bad hair life has been offset by a good elbow life, but there’s little room left.

Rosebrook, Jeb: is a critically acclaimed writer and producer living in Arizona.  He is best known for his television work with the long-running CBS series The Walton’s and Falcon Crest.

Stuart, James: is a Colorado native and a graduate of Colorado State University, where he earned a degree in Creative Writing and fell in love with the short story. He has been an active journalist, freelancer, technical writer, and occasional novelist, but it is with the short story he feels most effective. In 2015, he launched The Forge – an online collection of his short stories and a platform with which to engage an international readership. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he enjoys a strong connection with the outdoors, the companionship of dogs, and a wide selection of local breweries.

Thomas, Cassandra Quinn: a Colorado Native, has won various awards for her writing, among them, Honorable Mention in the nationwide Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, San Jose State University.  Her poetry has been accepted for publication in the Denver Women’s Press Club unknown writer’s contest, By-Line Magazine, Pen Woman Magazine, and Poetry Salzburg Review, Salzburg, Austria, 2014.

Wheatwind, Marie-Elise: poetry and flash fiction has been published in numerous small press magazines and anthologies, including Blue Mesa Review, Onthebus, Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About, New Chicana/o Writing I, and In Other Words: Literature by Latinas of the United States. She has contributed reviews to The Women’s Review of Books, and has been the recipient of two California Arts Council grants, an Oregon Literary Arts fellowship, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction prize.

Wickersham, John: Morning Is Always Nigh (Issue 2) is the result of a father/son collaboration between the author, John Wickersham, and his son, Jamie. Wickersham the Elder teaches philosophy at Maryville University-St. Louis Missouri. In addition to his teaching, he is a documentary photographer and poet.  A father of four and grandfather of five, some of his happiest memories are of his boyhood in the Colorado Rockies, memories he shares with the reader in Morning Is Always Nigh.