At the spring workshop in Casper on April 18, WyoPoets President Myra Peak honored four members with Awards for Excellence.
To Arthur Elser:
For serving as treasurer to WyoPoets, for piloting WyoPoets with skill and grace, for his diligent writing and reading of poetry, for supporting other poets, and for his published poems and recognition by the Colorado Authors’ League with his book, We Leave the Safety of the Sea.
Arthur Elser’s steadfast attention to the business of WyoPoets, his poetry, and his kind patience in support of fellow poets leaves us all safer for knowing him. WyoPoets celebrates Arthur Elser as he enjoys new poetry pursuits.
To Susan Vittitow Mark:
For serving as workshop chair for WyoPoets, for maintaining and creating new features on the WyoPoets’ Web site and her partnered blog, for her excellence in poetry writing, and for supporting other poets.
Susan Vittitow Mark’s ability to deliver encouraging and insightful words to poets, to pursue poetry writing no matter the stakes, and to efficiently support of fellow poets allows us to be grateful for poets like her who know what we need.
To Echo Klaproth
For serving as Wyoming’s Poet Laureate and bringing recognition and honor to WyoPoets, for writing and publishing poetry in written and audio forms, for being a mentor to school children throughout the state, and for serving as editor of the WyoPoets’ newsletter thereby reflecting our members’ work.
Echo Klaproth’s passion for communicating poetry in so many forms to people of all ages has strengthened the attention of the public to the many voices of poetry. Her service as Wyoming’s Poet Laureate and WyoPoets’ newsletter editor elevates the value of poetry in the United States.
To Nancy Ruskowsky:
For her many years of service to WyoPoets with workshops, chapbooks, and as chair of the Eugene V. Shea National Poetry Contest. Her ability to organize events has allowed WyoPoets to meet its mission and encouraged its members to advance individual goals.
Nancy Ruskowsky’s enthusiasm with contributing to the business of poetry and WyoPoets, her poetry writing and reading, and her sense of image, message, and song allows her to craft, edit, and reach out to others as she shares her time and her poetry.
Here, WyoPoets asks its members to summarize their writing lives, poetry backgrounds and inspirations. We hope that if you are not a member you will think about joining. If you are a member, this is a chance to learn how other WyoPoets’ members get their poetry onto paper. Submissions receive only minor edits. Each poet’s voice clearly shines through. If you would like to share your poetry experiences, email Myra L. Peak for details.