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UW MFA Program in Creative Writing, Wyoming Outdoor Council Sponsor Program

October 19, 2011
Desert scene
This photograph by UW lecturer Ken Driese is among those that can be seen in the nature and environment program Friday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center.

A mix of writing and photography that focuses on nature and the environment highlights a free public program Friday, Oct. 28, at the University of Wyoming's Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center.

"Listening to Nature: An Evening of Readings and Photography by Scientists and Artists" is at 5:30 p.m. in the Berry Center auditorium. The UW MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Wyoming Outdoor Council sponsor the program.

"This event will feature writing and photography focused on nature and the environment and seeks to bring together a diversity of communities to celebrate the power of both the image and the written word," says Beth Loffreda, MFA Program in Creative Writing director.

MFA program graduates and the founding director, UW faculty members in the arts, sciences, and humanities and community residents will offer a series of short readings, followed by a reception and sale of photographs, along with a book signing sponsored by the UW Bookstore.

Mark Clementz, UW Department of Geology and Geophysics associate professor, will open the program and introduce the participants.

Photographers are Ed Sherline, a UW instructor of ethics and social and political philosophy; Ken Driese, a UW lecturer whose recent projects include photographing school children in rural Uganda for the Boulder-based nonprofit organization One School at a Time and also has an on-going project in Wyoming's Red Desert; and Brett Deacon, a UW Department of Psychology associate professor, whose images have appeared in numerous magazines, billboards, calendars and also in galleries in Saratoga, Rawlins, Centennial and Laramie.

Writers are Ann McCutchan, previous director of UW's MFA program and author of four books, including "Circular Breathing: Meditations from a Musical Life" and "River Music: An Atchafalaya Story," both published this year; Dennis Knight, whose publications include papers about Wyoming's ecosystems and the book "Mountains and Plains: The Ecology of Wyoming Landscapes"; Pete Gosar, an activist and conservationist in the final stages of a multi-year habitat restoration project in western Wyoming; Courtney Carlson, assistant director of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and UW lecturer; Frieda Knobloch, UW associate professor who teaches in the MFA, American Studies and the Environmental and Natural Resources programs and whose recent book is "Botanical Companions: A Memoir of Plants and Place."

For more about "Listening to Nature," contact Gwynn Lemler in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at or (307) 766-6453 or Jamie Wolf at the Wyoming Outdoor Council at or (307) 721-7610.

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