Governor Matt Mead has appointed three new board members to the Wyoming Arts Council.
One of them is writer and University of Wyoming instructor Nina McConigley. McConigley published her first short story collection, “Cowboys and East Indians” late last year. She won a major Arts Council grant in 2010, an experience McConigley says gave her the confidence to finish her book.
Manasseh Franklin is a Creative Nonfiction and Environment and Natural Resources MFA candidate. While she's proud of her east coast roots, she's happy to call the open spaces of the western states home.
Ginger Ko studies at the University of Wyoming’s MFA in Creative Writing program. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in smoking glue gun, Anti-, TYPO, inter|rupture, and HTMLGIANT. She is originally from Los Angeles.
Eric Krszjzaniek is earning his Masters degrees in English and Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. Having spent most of his life amongst the free-range cheese and fragrant cows of Wisconsin, Eric was drawn to the open expanses and sparse populations of Wyoming after stints as a renewable energy educator, a county commissioner, and an editor on an antiques magazine. Eric's work has appeared in many bathroom stall walls and has lined many cages of birds and dogs alike.
Adrian Shirk was born in a now-defunct Manhattan maternity ward. Her nonfiction has appeared in Wilder Quarterly, The Airship, Owl Eye Review, 7Stops Magazine, and Packet. Currently, she's at work on a book of epistolary essays with poet Amber Stewart and is finishing an MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of Wyoming.
A version of "The Disoriented Express" recently appeared in Packet.
Rebecca Golden is a candidate for the Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction at the University of Wyoming. She's the author of a memoir, "Butterbabe: The True Adventures of a 40-Stone Outsider" (Random House UK) and has contributed to Salon, Nerve and the Times of London. Rebecca's current project is a collection of essays about the city of Detroit.
As a graduate student in UW’s Creative Writing Program, LuLing Osofsky was fascinated by the various ways she saw Indian culture present in Laramie. South Asian students celebrated traditional festivals on campus, and the town had a good place to get curry. She writes about experiencing these pockets of India in her series of vignettes called “Wild Wild East: Finding Hints of Asia in the West.”