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E.B. Wheeler

E.B. Wheeler

Historical fiction/Fantasy/Creative non-fiction

E-mail: ebwheelerauthor@gmail.com

E.B. Wheeler works as an historian, writing, teaching, and consulting about history and historic preservation. She has graduate degrees in history and landscape architecture and has worked on projects for Letterpress Software, the National Park Service, the USU Museum of Anthropology, and the LDS church. She currently teaches history at Utah State University.

Her short prose has appeared in several publications. She wrote the lead story for the Spring 2013 edition of Pioneer magazine, “Growing the Kingdom: Mormon Pioneer Gardens,” and her award-winning essay, “Barn Raising,” was published in the Spring 2016 edition of Utah Historical Quarterly. Several of her short stories have appeared in the League of Utah Writers’ annual anthologies, and her essay “Imperfect Instruments” won the 2015 prose award from Segullah magazine.

Her first novel, a YA paranormal mystery, The Haunting of Springett Hall, came out in 2015 from Cedar Fort Press and won the Gold Quill award for best YA novel from the League of Utah Writers. She published two adult novels in 2016, Born to Treason and No Peace with the Dawn (with co-author Jeff Bateman), which won Silver and Gold Quill awards.

E.B. Wheeler was named the League of Utah Writers 2016 Writer of the Year. She currently serves on the board of directors as the League’s Publications Chair and Grants Chair. Her YA fiction is represented by Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary. You can find her online at https://www.facebook.com/EBWheelerWrites/ and ebwheeler.com.

Jeff Bateman

Jeff Bateman

Historical Fiction/Humor/Poetry

Jeff is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel. He teaches U.S. Institutions, Utah History, and American Military History at Utah State University. When he is not teaching or writing, Jeff likes to play the bass, ride his Mustang (the real kind) and work in the garden.

Jeff’s work as an historian has been published in The Utah Historical Quarterly, Airpower History, and the U.S. Army War College Press.

At the 2015 League of Utah Writers’ Conference, Jeff won eight awards for his poetry and prose. One of his poems is set to appear in the forthcoming LUW anthology.

Jeff has authored three novels: No Peace with the Dawn (with E.B. Wheeler) forthcoming from Cedar Fort Press Fall 2016, Mogadishu on the Mohave, and On the Death Beat, forthcoming in 2017, Grey Gecko Press.

Amanda Luzzander

Amanda Luzzader

Young Adult/Creative Non-fiction

E-mail: aluzzader@gmail.com

Amanda holds the office of past president for the League of Utah Writers. She is an aspiring novelist and short story writer. In 2016, her short fiction will appear in three anthologies—the horror collection It Came From the Great Salt Lake, the Helicon West anthology, and the League of Utah Writers anthology. Among Amanda’s other publications are several stories published by Simon & Schuster for Chicken Soup for the Soul books and the anthologies Between Places (titled after her piece), Old Scratch and Owl Hoots, and In the Shimmering. She is employed as a technical and grant writer for a non-profit organization. Amanda is a frequent guest reader at literary events in near-by areas. She has won 19 awards in the League of Utah Writers’ annual contest, including Best in Show for poetry and first place for adult manuscript, encore poetry, literary fiction, and flash fiction. She is currently working on a novel. Amanda enjoys spending time with her children, reading, photography, and watching Downton Abbey. Follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/authoramandaluzzader/

Tim Keller

Tim Keller

Literary Fiction

E-mail Tim at writerscache435@gmail.com.

Tim is a former president of the League of Utah Writers and is currently the president of the League’s Cache Valley Chapter. The only thing he likes better than reading a good story is telling one. Tim always wanted to try his hand at writing and began work on the Great American Novel a couple of years ago. The ensuing obsession changed his life. Since then, he’s branched out into short prose and essays. He even works on the novel from time to time.

His work, “The Gift,” appears most recently in the Helicon West Anthology and was voted the readers’ choice for best non-fiction essay in the literary journal the Provo Orem Word. His short story “Fluffy” will appear in the upcoming LUW Press anthology, Volatile When Mixed, slated for a September 2016 release. Tim’s short stories and essays can also be found in the anthologies Words to Paint With, In the Shimmering, Between Places, and Mirrored Realities.

Tim is a regular contributor to the Helicon West reading series in Logan, Utah. His work has repeatedly taken top honors in the League of Utah Writers Creative Writing Contests.

Jeremy Gohier

Jeremy Gohier

Jeremy has a degree in film and media arts and has been involved in independent films as well as productions for MTV, Discovery Channel and Disney. He has since switched his efforts to writing after getting over the crazy notion that writing is only for people who know how to write.

His writing has received awards in categories including poetry, short fiction, novel chapters and children’s books. His poem All Twisted Up was named Best in Show at the 2015 League of Utah Writers’ contest.

His short story “Hydrogeist” will be published in the anthology It Came from the Great Salt Lake in February of 2016. His short “Dei et Machinae” as well as his poem All Twisted Up will be included in an anthology published by the League of Utah Writers later the same year.

Chadd VanZanten

Chadd VanZanten

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

E-mail Chadd at chaddvanzanten@gmail.com.

Chadd VanZanten was named 2015-2016 Writer of the Year by the League of Utah Writers, and for the fifth consecutive year his short fiction was awarded Best in Show at the 2015 League of Utah Writers Conference. His first book, On Fly-Fishing the Northern Rockies, was published in 2015 by The History Press with co-author Russ Beck. Chadds outdoor writing was also featured recently in Backpacker Magazine, Big Sky Journal, and Eat Sleep Fish. In 2016, his short fiction will appear in two anthologies–the horror collection It Came From the Great Salt Lake and The Helicon West Anthology. He is currently at work on a novel and a new collection of essays.

Eric Bishop and book cover of Samaritan’s Pistol

Eric Bishop

Western/Thriller

Contact him at authorericbishop@gmail.com

Eric Bishop credits the Cache Valley Chapter of the Utah league of Writers as the catalyst for his success. He showed up at his first meeting a few years ago with a manuscript that in his words “contained all the beginner mistakes.” After a lot of help from his critique group and several rewrites The Samaritan’s Pistol won the League of Utah Writers’ Gold Quill award.

Crafting well written novels with dynamic characters and a great premise is Eric’s goal as an author. The Samaritan’s Pistol is available for purchase at https://www.amazon.com/Samaritans-Pistol-Eric-Bishop/dp/1939967139/

Eric enjoys riding his horses, white-water rafting and skiing with his wife and four daughters.

Isaac Timm

Isaac Timm

Poetry and Creative Non-fiction

Isaac was born and raised in the western desert town of Callao, Utah; a stop on the historic Pony Express trail. His highest aspiration is to be a story teller like his father. He is a duel major in History and Creative Writing at Utah State University.

Isaac won the “Best in Show” award for his poem “Antiseptic” in the League of Utah Writers annual writing contest.

For the second year in a row, Isaac won the Narrative Lyrical poetry category. Earning 1st place honors for his Poem, “Obligatory Rose Poem,” narrowly edging his poem “Icarus 1981” which earned 2nd place. His poems, “Youth of July” and “Songs Not to be Forgotten” both took honorable mentions. Isaacs Poem “The Bank Next to the Stream” earned an honorable mention in the Edgy Poetry category.

Isaac“s short story “Defenders,” earned 2nd place honors in the 2011 League of Utah Writers Creative Non-Fiction category. The story is published in the September 2011 issue of the Provo Orem Word, an Arts and Literature Journal. http://www.provooremword.org/index.html?edition=2011_9

Isaac won 2nd place for his poem “Youth of July” in the first ever Scotsmen Scribbles creative writing contest put on by the Statesmen, Utah State University’s newspaper.

An active member of the Cache Valley Chapter of the League of Utah Writers, Isaac won first place in the League's annual contest for his poem, “Painting Untitled.” Recently, he was a featured reader at Helicon West, a community literary forum in Logan, Utah.

Dianne Hardy

Dianne Hardy

Creative Non-fiction

Dianne welcomes comments and inquiries—email to drmusic435@gmail.com.

Dianne loved writing when she was a child, but never looked seriously at it because it was always her mother’s domain—her's was music. while looking for something to occupy her time in retirement, she started writing her childhood memoir. Said Hardy, “They are honest and truthful accounts of my childhood and I do not...will not censor them.”

Dianne won many awards including first place in the 55th Annual Utah Original Writing Competition, 2013 in the Personal Essay category for “Manure.” She also received an honorable mention in the Whispering Prairie Press Writing Awards, 2010 in the Personal Essay category for “Stealing.”

She was a strong competitor in the League of Utah Writers Original Writing Competition from 2009 to 2012, and won numerous awards, eleven in 2011 alone. Her stories “I Prefer Baths to Showers” and “Lena” have both won first place.

She was published in:

  • Words to Paint With, Sept. 2012, “Lena.”
  • Cynic Magazine, August 2012, “The Chickenfest.”
  • Cynic Magazine, July 2012, “Pee in the Pool.”
  • Humor Press, 2010, “Carnal Knowledge.”

A Mother of three children and seven grandchildren, Dianne Hardy retired in December 2008, after spending the last 46 years in piano teaching—the last 20 in higher education. She loves the slower pace of her life and feels only one compulsion, to create every day.

Janet Kay Jensen

Janet Kay Jensen

www.janetjensen.com
http://janetkayjensen.blogspot.com/

Janet Kay Jensen is author of the award-winning novel, Gabriel’s Daughters (Jolly Fish Press, 2015), which won the Body, Mind and Spirit award from the prestigious Southwest Book Design and Production contest.

Gabriel’s Daughters also won the silver medal in Cultural Fiction from the Readers Favorite International Book Award Contest (2013).

Don’t You Marry the Mormon Boys (Cedar Fort, 2007), won the gold medal for Cultural Fiction from Readers Favorite in 2012 and was first runner up in Religious Fiction given by the Eric Hoffer award for new fiction.

She is also co-author of The Book Lover’s Cookbook, Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature and the Passages that Feature Them (Wenger & Jensen, Ballantine, 2003).

Neil Dabb

Neil Dabb

Neil grew up in Smithfield, Utah, and has been a freelance writer since shortly after graduating high school. He has been published in a variety of magazines over the years (most recently on Hubpages.com). He enjoys writing, Frisbee (disc) golf and bonfires. He is the father of five children and lives in Logan Utah.

Neil presented at the League of Utah writers fall conference in 2014 and LTUE (Life The Universe and Everything) in 2015. Neil has published several novella length books at Smashwords.com (for ebooks) http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/neildabb and Createspace.com (print on demand).

He is a partner at DragonTech writing, a technical writing firm whose mission is to educate companies about what a technical writer does.

And you can follow Neil’s writing exploits on facebook: www.facebook.com/TheDragonwritersDen.

Daniel Coleman

Daniel Coleman

www.jabberwockybook.com

Young Adult/Fantasy

Daniel took 1st place in manuscript category of the 2011 League of Utah Writers original writing contest for his new Novel EYES.

Daniel’s debut novel came out in April 2011. It is a short novel entitled Jabberwocky based on Lewis Carroll's masterpiece poem and is available in all major ebook formats

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When he’s not firefighting, Daniel Coleman spends his free time jumping genres in fiction. In 2006 he discovered small-town living and isn't looking back. He’s staked his claim on a few acres in northern Utah with his wife, 3 kids, a Great Dane, and a Chihuahua. If you“ve got a few hours to kill he'd love to discuss PEZ, ice cream, or Scrabble.

Amy C Maddocks

Amy C Maddocks

http://www.amymaddocks.com/

Memoirist

When she isn’t teaching or writing, Amy enjoys camping, four-wheeling, and rafting.

She graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and currently teaches in Beautiful Cache Valley, where she lives with her husband and children.

Too Precious for Earth

A poignant and compelling story of one tiny boy, whose brief moments in his family’s life changed them and others around them forever.

Available at Amazon—Too Precious for Earth.

Review of Too Precious for Earth.