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UW MFA Creative Writing Program, Albany County Library Honor Wyoming Writers

October 7, 2010

Three Wyoming writers will read from their works at a free public event at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct., 13 at the Albany County Public Library.

The University of Wyoming MFA Creative Writing Program and the Albany County Library Foundation sponsor the readings of authors Laura Bell, C.J. Box and Mark Jenkins.

"The MFA program is delighted to support the library's recognition of the range and excellence of writing in the state of Wyoming. It is a real pleasure when the MFA can collaborate with the Laramie community this way," says Beth Loffreda, the UW program's director.

Pre-registration is required by calling (307) 721-2580, extension 5456, or e-mail A book signing follows the readings.

Bell's work includes "Life in the Saddle: Writings and Photographs" (1995) and "Thunder of Mustangs: Legend and Lore of the Wild Horses" (1997). Recipient of two literature fellowships from the Wyoming Arts Council, Bell also has received the Neltje Blanchan Memorial Award and the Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award.

A native of Nashville, Tenn., her memoir and first published book, "Claiming Ground," has landed on several regional bestsellers lists. The book recounts her years as a shepherd in Wyoming's Big Horn Mountains. She has lived in Greybull working for the National Forest Service, and in Shell as a bookstore and art gallery caretaker. Bell currently lives in Cody and works for The Nature Conservancy since 2000.

Box is the author of 11 novels. Winner of the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction, Box's short stories have been featured in America's Best Mystery Stories of 2006 and limited-edition printings. His novel, "Blue Heaven," won an Edgar Award for Best Novel of 2008 and has been optioned for film. Another book, "Nowhere to Run," was featured on the New York Times best seller list.

A Wyoming native, Box has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small-town newspaper reporter and editor, and co-owns an international tourism marketing firm with his wife. In 2008, Box was awarded the "BIG WYO" Award from the state tourism industry.

Jenkins currently is a National Geographic magazine writer. A critically acclaimed journalist, Jenkins covers the globe writing about a range of geopolitical issues. He also is the author of four books: "A Man's Life" (2007), "The Hard Way" (2002), "To Timbuktu" (1997) and "Off The Map" (1992). His works have been widely reviewed and translated into five languages.

Jenkins has been published in more than 50 national and international magazines and newspapers, including The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Outside Magazine, Playboy and The Washington Post. He was awarded the McGaw/Hull Endowed Chair in Literature in 2002 at UW. Jenkins lives in his hometown of Laramie and works as a MFA Creative Writing Program writer in residence.

All three Wyoming authors will discuss their writing experience with UW MFA students.


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