Ed Raetz

Ed was born and raised in Colorado Springs, with stints in Germany, Boulder, and California. He attended CU Boulder for his BA in English and CSUSB for his MA in Rhetoric/Literature. His Master’s Thesis explored children’s fantasy through a psychoanalytic lens, employing the tenets of CG Jung, Bruno Bettelheim, and Joseph Campbell. Ed has dabbled in various vocations, including: college instructor, Postdoctoral lab geek, claims adjuster, executive assistant, and stay-at-home dad. He is inspired by ancient myth and archetype, as well as the musings of Lloyd Alexander, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, and Stephen King. His fantasy and horror writings incorporate ancient Celtic myth and ritual, visceral horror, fungal folklore, and natural phenomena presented as fantasy. He has been married to his better half (Carina) since 1994. He has one 12-year old son (Rowan), who is blossoming into an articulate overachiever. Ed loves world travel, surrealistic art, horror and arthouse movies, an eclectic array of music, and dark humor. Finally, Ed is an aspiring potter, and has exhibited his artistry at the Fine Arts Center.

Bowen Gillings

Bowen is an award-winning author featured in the Fresh Starts anthology, Allegory e-zine, and the Stories Alive!, Voices and Views, and Rocky Mountain Writers podcasts. He is an active member of Pikes Peak Writers and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Learn more about him at storiesbybowen.com.

Patrick Hester

Patrick Hester is an author, blogger, podcaster and two-time Hugo Award winner. He lives in Colorado, writes science fiction and fantasy, and can usually be found hanging out on his Twitter or Facebook feeds. He first attended a PPW event in 2012 and has been going back ever since. His Functional Nerds and SF Signal weekly podcasts have both been nominated for multiple Parsec awards. His short fiction appears in several anthologies, and his longer works are available via Amazon.com. He writes a twice monthly column for the Kirkus Reviews blog, is a regular contributor to SF Signal and Functional Nerds and maintains his own website and blog at atfmb.com.

Shannon Lawrence

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in anthologies and magazines, and she has two horror collections available: Bruised Souls & Other Torments and Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there’s always a place to hide a body or birth a monster.

. Find her at www.thewarriormuse.com.

Shannon has been attending non-conference events since 2009 and conference since 2010. She’s been NCE Director, Managing Editor of Writing From the Peak, Treasurer, Conference Admin Director, Signs Coordinator, Pitch/Query Staff, and more.

MB Partlow

MB Partlow tries to inject her off-center sense of humor into everything she does. She writes mostly in the speculative fiction world, with forays into mystery and women’s fiction. Her first paid writing gig was for the A&E department of The Independent. She’s also written a parenting column for Pikes Peak Parent and spent years writing restaurant reviews for the Indpendent and The Gazette. She’s a longtime volunteer for PPW, having done everything from stacking chairs to Conference Director to serving on the board. She reads voraciously across genres, and thinks making up stories for a living is the greatest job in the world.