A GREAT ESCAPE
Thanks to the writers (Ellen K. Graham, Judith Sara Gelt, Rowena Alegria, John Holley, Laura Bond, Rick Bailey, Gina Wencel, and Jennifer Erickson) and attendees who made ESCAPE a rousing success! Stay tuned for news about another multi-genre mashup in 2019. In the meantime, don’t miss Ellen K. Graham’s new play, The Never Summer, opening 22 August at Theater 29, grab a copy of Judith Sara Gelt’s riveting memoir, Reckless Steps Towards Sanity, at the Tattered Cover, and check out I Am Denver , a new citywide storytelling project founded and directed by Rowena Alegria.
Ellen k. Graham
Catch Ellen’s new play, THE NEVER SUMMER, August 22nd through August 31st at Theater 29.
Ellen K. Graham writes plays, screenplays, and narrative nonfiction. A Denver native and a graduate of the University of Chicago, she has been a finalist for the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship, Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and the Global Age Project. Her work has been produced in Columbus, Ohio; New York City; and in Denver, where she has worked with many companies, including And Toto Too, Benchmark, Buntport, Pandemic Collective, Athena Project, the Edge Theatre, Paragon, and the Denver Center Theatre Company. She is the founder of Feral Assembly, a resident playwright at Theater 29, a co-founder of Shoking Beyoncé Belief! Films (“The Sword of Truth Behind the Shield of Entertainment”), and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Judith Sara gelt
Judith’s work has appeared in various publications, including the Denver Post, the Nashville Review, and Iron Horse Literary Review. Her memoir, Reckless Steps Towards Sanity, was published in April of 2019. Andre Debus III, author of House of Sand Fog calls the book, “Perfectly paced and composed with an artist’s keen eye and ear, this is a brave, painstakingly honest, and ultimately redemptive plunge into the life of a girl and woman we come to love, respect, and, yes, learn from.”
Judith's roots in Denver are deep. Her grandparents made their homes in the Jewish sections on the west side from the late 1800s to early 1900s. After completing thirty wonderful years teaching middle school in 2005, she went on to teach Educational Psychology and Philosophy at Metropolitan State University of Denver for the next seven. Leaving her passion for teaching to pursue a dream of becoming a writer proved rewarding, enlightening and impossibly hard. She is a lucky Savta (hebrew for grandmother) for the first time thanks to her beautiful, smart, married daughter who she hopes will never write memoir. Learn more at http://www.judithsaragelt.com
Rowena Alegría is Chief Storyteller for the City & County of Denver, founder and director of the new citywide storytelling project I Am Denver. She is a 2019 Jack Jones Literary Arts Fellow, a 2019 Vermont Studio Center Fellow and a 2018 Writing by Writers Fellow. She holds an MFA in Fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts. A career journalist, communications executive and speech writer, she is writing a novel that plays with form and the history of the Southwest.
Laura Bond is a Denver-based writer and journalist. During a six-year post as a staff writer and editor with Westword, Denver’s alternative newsweekly, Laura won numerous local and regional awards including the Annie E. Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. Laura's most recent work appears in the current issue of Ruminate Magazine. She has also contributed to Rolling Stone, Spin, USAA, Fodor’s travel guides, and MAAM magazine, among others. Laura performs with the Narrators storytelling series (thenarratorspodcast.com) and on The Denver Orbit podcast. By day she leads communications for The Denver Foundation.
Rick D. Bailey is a trial lawyer and mediator focusing on complex business disputes. He a playwright and screenwriter and is on the board of directors of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop.
Gina Wencel is a writer, singer/lyricist with the band Odyle and an actor. She has read her pieces at the Narrators and Ed Ward’s Stories, Stories, Stories. She also has had her writing performed in staged readings with One Night Stand Theater. Her short story “Tearfully So” was adapted to a screenplay by Ellen K. Graham and filmed by Shocking Beyond Belief Films! Visit her website at https://ginawencel.wordpress.com/ as well as her music at https://odylemusic.wordpress.com/
John is a member of The Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop. His fiction appeared in Fast Forward, The Barcelona Review, Expressions, The Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, Manawaker Podcasts and received honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s very short fiction contest. His non-fiction has appeared in The Examined Life and was a regular feature in both the Casper Star Tribune and the Sol Day News.
Jennifer Erickson writes novels and short fiction.