Chelsey Blackman-Bray (President) earned her BA in English from the University of Utah with an emphasis in creative writing and artist books. Since graduating Chelsey continues to volunteer as a studio monitor at the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Book Arts Studio at the University of Utah. She also volunteers at the Utah State Archives. In addition to writing, Chelsey spends her spare time making handmade books and traveling.
Except for short periods in Massachusetts and Louisiana, Steve Cantwell has lived all his life in the West—Oregon, New Mexico, and Utah, and currently lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Maura, and their two young boys, along with an excessively energetic lab/border collie. His non-fiction narratives, short stories, and book reviews have appeared in Bloomsbury Review, Short Story Review, Dialogue, and other publications. He has also been a finalist for the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Tobias Woolf Award for Fiction. His collection of short stories, Strangers and Travelers, is complete and in search of a publisher. He’s currently at work on a book-length narrative, One Boy’s Way of Knowing, about his family’s day-to-day experience with autism. To see new work in progress, you can visit his blog site at www.oneboyswayofknowing.com
Dana Craig has a bachelors degree in mathematics from East Carolina University and has spent the last two decades in the technology industry. She has held a variety of roles including product and project management roles that seek to bridge the gap between the technical aspects of software and the needs of the end-user. Dana is currently a software consultant with Quickstone Software, LLC, a start-up firm out of Park City, UT.
Klancy de Nevers (Treasurer) edited,with Lucy Hart, Cohassett Beach Chronicles: World War II in the Pacific Northwest by Kathy Hogan, a book of Hogan’s columns from the wartime pages of the Grays Harbor Post. de Nevers’ poem “Curator” won first place in the City Weekly literary competition in September 2000. Her latest book is The Colonel and the Pacifist: Karl Bendetsen, Perry Saito and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, published in 2004.
Katharine English (Vice President)
David Kranes is a widely-produced and published playwright and fiction-writer. He founded the Sundance Playwrights’ Lab and has mentored many writers–both in and out of university settings. In another life, he consults in the gaming industry.
Laura Stott earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University in 2004, at which time she was managing editor of Willow Springs. Afterwards, Laura spent nearly a decade of summers living in Skagway, Alaska, setting a migration pattern between her northerly home and various western states. She now teaches at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Her poems have been published in several journals, such as Cutbank, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bellingham Review, Crab Creek Review, and our local Sugar House Review. Laura’s first poetry collection, In the Museum of Coming and Going, was released by Western Michigan University’s press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, in fall 2014.
Adrian Stumpp (Secretary) earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University.
Jennifer Atwood, Writers at Work Program Administrator, is a graduate of the University of Utah. She has spent many years working in various nonprofits in Utah including TreeUtah and Utah Nonprofits Association.