Contemporary Writers Series at Western State Colorado University

Contemporary Writers SeriesI’m putting the finishing touches on my presentations for this visit to Western State Colorado University next week, as part of their Contemporary Writers Series.

I’m thrilled with the program’s innovative and thorough approach to teaching creative writing, and I’m looking forward to meeting the students and faculty.

I’ll be speaking in four classes: Introduction to Creative Writing, Creative Writing: Poetry, Creative Writing: Nonfiction, and Literary Magazine Submission and Production.

I’ll also be giving a reading of my own poetry and prose at 7:30 pm Monday Feb 2, and a radio interview on Tuesday Feb 3.



Happy 21st Anniversary!

John started a new job in August, and since then he has been asking me (repeatedly) to gather some photos of the two of us to display in his office. So I purchased a frame that would hold 19 photos, and I came home to start picking the ones I wanted to include.

The only problem was, I found over 100.

So I decided to take a different approach. Using Shutterfly, I made two posters that would hold 30 photos each. I love looking at all of these reminders of how much fun we have together.

I’m so lucky to have you as my partner John Hetrick! Thank you for 21 wonderful years, and here’s to (at least) 21 more.

Anniversary Poster Anniversary Poster

See if you can match the place to the picture.

Anchorage Ennis Ireland Lake Bled Slovenia Roatan Honduras
Arusha Tanzania Ennis St Patricks Day Parade Lake Louise Scottsdale
Baltimore Funchal Portugal Lava Tower Tanzania South Beach
Banff Glendale Arizona Ljubljana Castle St Lucia
Buenos Aires Governor’s Arts Awards Madeira, Portugal Summit of Kilimanjaro
Cathedral of Sts Peter and Paul Guadalajara Mexico McNight Gala Superstition Wilderness
Cliffs of Moher Havasupai Falls New Orleans The Concorde Room
Cork Restaurant Inca Trail Peru Olomana Peak Hawaii The Modern Waikiki
Costa Rica Isle of Skye Scotland PF Chang’s Marathon Vancouver
Cross Lake Key West Florida Phoenix Art Museum Fundraiser Venice Italy
Denali National Park Kibo Tanzania Phuket Thailand Waikiki Beach
Denmark KoKo Head Hawaii Prince William Sound Western Breach
Diamond Head Kotor Montenegro Puerto Vallarta Mexico Whiskey Row Half
Dublin Ireland Krka Falls Croatia Recoleta Zanzibar
Dubrovnik Croatia La Récréation Reid’s Palace, Portugal Zion


Happy 2015

We had a lovely hike with friends to the top of South Mountain. We love starting the year this way and have carried on this tradition for quite a while. I am really looking forward to many things in 2015, but most of all I have 8 trips planned. I’ll give plenty of info about them as they get closer, but I’ll say a few words about one that I’m very excited for.

On our aughts and fives John and I do adventures. For my 40th we hiked the Inca Trail and for his 45th we hiked Kilimanjaro. This year I turn 45 so we are going to run the Tour du Mont Blanc course, starting and ending in Chamonix France. We will also motor through Italy and Switzerland while we are at it. If you want to know more about the course there is a great documentary called Outrun the Sun that follows professional athletes covering the course in only about 15 hours. We will take six days.

We are so lucky to have some dear friends running with us. Lori and Joe, pictured above, and Kaylee and Brian, and Kaylee’s brother Ed and his colleague at Nike, Cipriano.

Let the training begin! If you want to run or hike with me in the next six months please let me know!

Happy New Year!