PPW Anthology

Dream - Cover



They are manifold – resolving subliminal mysteries and creating chaos.
Our dreams are delightful and bold.
Some are lucid, cyclical, and idealistic. They spawn yearning for our past – and foretell our futures.

Do you crave answers or adventure?

Join us. Step through the veil.
Discover the primordial wisdom of the universe, and the shadows of our dreams.


Fresh Starts - Cover


After the fires are out, the smoke has cleared, the divorce is over, the widow has stopped wearing black, the sun has risen, the monsters are dead, the world is saved (or destroyed!), the storm has calmed, and the trouble is over…

…what do you do next?

Find out in the first anthology of work by the Pikes Peak Writers. From mystery to romance and science fiction—from heartfelt essays to poetry that moves the soul.

We can’t promise only happy endings. Just that moment when you pick yourself up out of the wreckage and find the strength to begin anew.





Available Now


Dream: Tales from the Pikes Peak Writers
Cover Design by: Josh Clark


They are manifold – resolving subliminal mysteries and creating chaos.
Our dreams are delightful and bold.
Some are lucid, cyclical, and idealistic. They spawn yearning for our past – and foretell our futures.

Do you crave answers or adventure?

Join us. Step through the veil.
Discover the primordial wisdom of the universe, and the shadows of our dreams.


~~ Introducing the authors of Dream ~~

Jean Alfieri – “She Told you in a Dream”

When Jean Alfieri’s eyes locked with those of a smooshy-faced little dog who sat inside a kennel at the Humane Society, it was love! He captured her heart. She captured their many adventures in short story poems starring Zuggy the Rescue Pug. An author, speaker, and advocate for the adoption of senior dogs, she and her husband currently live with their three fur kids in Colorado. They joke that although the humans pay the mortgage, it’s really the dogs’ house! Jean finds much of her writing inspiration from her “vintage puppies” and work at the Pikes Peak Humane Society.


Steven Anderson – “House of Dreams”

Steven Anderson is the author of the Reunification series of science fiction adventure-romances and other speculative tales. A passionate fan of science fiction since age six, Steve began creating his own worlds once he was old enough to pick up a crayon.  He put his creative skills to work as an aerospace IT professional for many years before writing full time. Steve lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and an aging collection of parts that’s sometimes a car. He can often be found somewhere in the Rockies exploring local history and scenic wonders.


C.E Barnes – “The Jungian Offensive”

C.E. Barnes is a transplanted Floridian, now living in the shadow of Pikes Peak. His interests include gaming with friends, pontificating to his critique group, surfing Netflix for anything worth watching, and occasionally working his day job as a technical support engineer. You can find samples of his work in the 2021 anthology, Fresh Starts: Tales from the Pikes Peak Writers and “Street Magic: An Urban Fantasy Anthology”. If you see C.E. Barnes in public, ask him about his dogs.


Author, Lou Berger

Lou Berger – “The Last Ember Fades”

Lou J Berger is a Denver-based author who had so much fun editing the last PPW anthology (Fresh Starts), that he decided to see how things worked from the OTHER side of the fence! He’s an active member of SFWA, and has published quite a few short stories and novelettes.


John M. Campbell – “Living the Dream (Except for One Thing)”

John M. Campbell is a winner of the Writers of the Future contest that recognizes science fiction and fantasy short stories. After a career in the aerospace industry, he has taken his interest in science and engineering and is using it to spawn ideas for science fiction stories. He hopes his stories will motivate young readers to pursue careers in science and engineering as the authors he read inspired his career.

He lives with his wife in Denver, Colorado.

For more of his stories visit his web page at www.JohnMCampbell.com


John Christenson – “Der Traumlicht”

John Christenson lives in Boulder, Colorado and writes fiction for children and adults. His short fiction has appeared in the New Mexico ReviewFlash Fiction Magazine, and several anthologies. His story “A Tree Grows in the Man Cave,” published in Rise: An Anthology of Change, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.


DJ Davis, Author

DJ Davis – “Dream Quota”

DJ Davis is a Colorado native with mountains in her DNA. She is obsessed with the forests, lakes, and craggy peaks. The rugged high country and rich history of the state set the scene for her stories. When she’s not writing or photographing the wildlife, she frequently disappears into the wilderness with her husband and dogs. You can find her at Mountains of Success.


Rick Duffy – “The Boundless Dream”

Rick Duffy is retired and writes from his home in a peaceful Denver suburb opposite the magnificent Rocky Mountains. His stories have appeared in Tales From the Old Black Ambulance, Adventures in Zookeeping, the Zoetic Press Literary Journal, the Providence Journal, and two RMFW anthologies. His coming-of-age novel The Sigil Masters won a FireBird award, a Wishing Shelf Award, and an IndieBrag. Connect with Rick at rickduffy.com.


Marlene Fabian Stiles

Marlene Fabian-Stiles – “Computer Genie

Marlene Fabian-Stiles enjoys writing in multiple genres and has published a science fiction novel “Moon Life” in partnership with her geneticist brother Hank as well as a first person Alzheimer’s account “Elderchild” based heavily on personal experience. She and writing partner Alice Hill will be publishing their children’s book “Tulip-o-mania” and “Sistors,” a narrative of sibling rivalry.
Marlene also publishes short stories and poetry on www.storystyles.com.

As President of the nonprofit “The I Will Projects” (theiwillprojects.com) Marlene supports innovative approaches to education including a family caregiver program developed in partnership with Hospice and an aquaponics program with the Boys and Girls Club.


Karen Fox – “Seedlings of Reality”

When not embroiled in the adventure and romance of her latest characters, Karen shares her house in the Colorado mountains with her husband and three cats. She has published ten novels, six short stories and one novella. Her second book, SOMEWHERE MY LOVE, was a 1998 RITA Finalist. BUTTERCUP BABY was a winner of the Booksellers Best Award. She’s been active in several writing organizations, serving on the Romance Writers of America board, the Pikes Peak Writers board and on PPW conference committee. She’s also involved in the Novelists Inc. annual conference.


Lawrence Good, Author

Lawrence Good – “Black Man Running, 1969

Lawrence Good is a writer, teacher, recording artist, and film and broadcast producer/composer. He studied writing with Tobias Wolff at Stanford University and wrote op-ed columns for the Aspen Daily News, Aspen Times, High Country News, and once, the Denver Post. His YA sports novels “The Other Jackie Robinson”, and “Losers’ Bracket” are ready for representation. He lives in a mountain lodge in the tiny village of Marble, Colorado. His younger son is the country music recording artist David Walker Good.


Ronnie Graham – “I Always Wake Up”

“A retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who lives a life of adventure.” That’s what the first line of his biography reads. And of course, the last line is, “He still has no intention of growing up.” All the stuff in between is a mix of braggadocio and history. It makes for a really boring read except for this one part, “He once saw a broken mirror with a sign on it that read, ‘temporarily out of order.’ He found that very curious.”


Matthew Heneghan – “A Boy Named Ryan”

Born in the U.K., Matthew Heneghan immigrated to Canada at age five. He would grow up among the beautiful expanse of the Rocky Mountains. After high-school, Matthew would go on to join the Canadian Armed Forces and serve as a medic for a period of 6 years. Upon his honourable release, Matthew’s desire to serve would not end with military service — he became a civilian paramedic, and worked in that role until 2017. Matthew went on to write two memoirs of his experiences in uniform and out.

He currently resides resplendently in Western Canada with his beautiful girlfriend and her two wonderful daughters.


Scott Kerby – “The Bunker”

Scott Kerby is a special effects coordinator with over 43 years experience in blowing things to tiny bits. The art of movie making isn’t all fun and games with explosives. You get to crush, dismember, and disembowel things, too.

After nearly half a century bringing to life everything that the Hollywood writers could imagine, Scott realized that they missed some stuff.

He lives with his beautiful wife in a log cabin in the Rockies with dogs and horses and all the Rocky mountain critters.

His joy is sharing the wonders of life and the magic of a meaningful story.


T.R. Kerby – “Dream Harvest”

T R Kerby has led a life of thrilling adventure with interesting people in exotic places… so what if most of it was in her imagination?

Her weaknesses include chocolate and rescuing lost souls, mostly animals, but sometimes people. She currently lives in the Rocky Mountains with some of her rescues including her husband, two dogs, and a herd of horses.

She has written or co-written eight novels and her short stories have been selected for several anthologies including Fantastic Realms and Fresh Starts: Tales from the Pikes Peak Writers.

You can find her at www.trkerby.com and on Amazon at www.amazon.com/T-R-Kerby/e/B07JDZGNQ3.


Lauren Lang – “Dream On”

Lauren Lang is a former broadcast journalist and current freelance photographer and videographer living in Denver, CO. In her spare time, she writes fiction, cooks, bakes, crochets hats for stuffed animals, gardens with the intent of taking pictures of the flowers should they live and terrorizes residents by pretending to be a wildlife photographer and running through area parks with her camera screaming, “Birds!”. Occasionally, she does take a picture of a bird.

More information about Lauren and her work can be found by visiting her on Facebook.


John Lewis – “Sleepstone”

John Lewis’ writing and illustrations have appeared in various publications. With a degree in Fine Art from Western Colorado University, he enjoys stories about humanity’s often fraught relationship with objective reality. Credulity is a big deal, and whether it’s literary, sci-fi, or fantasy, his fiction typically invites the broad-possibility of magical realism. Humanity is in a constant romance of belief with the material world, and storytelling honors best this ambiguously shared experience.


Gregory Mattix – “Dream Eater”

Gregory Mattix enjoys all types of speculative fiction and writes a variety of stories under that broad genre. He grew up in the blazing heat of the Arizona desert. He obtained a degree in Business Administration at the University of Arizona, served in the military, and lived overseas for a time. Currently, he lives in Colorado with his wife. He is the author of Remember Tomorrow and the Extensis Vitae and Nexus of the Planes series.


Peter McQuade – “Dreamwater”

Peter D. McQuade grew up wandering the mountains and deserts of Idaho. When he was six, his parents made the mistake of letting him stay up late to watch The Twilight Zone—a mistake that led to a lifelong love of spooky storytelling. Now Pete resides in Colorado Springs with his wife, Marilyn, and their dog and cat, Jasper and Gauss. When he’s not writing, Pete’s a professor of Space Systems Engineering. But if the weather’s right, he’ll put aside both writing and teaching and head to the prairie with his model gliders, seeking the exhilaration of a sky-high flight.


Tracy Mitchell – “False Fate

Tracy Mitchell is a Colorado writer schooled in the tradition of legendary Minnesota poets. His free verse writing is largely inspired by spirits of nature and stupefactions of the inexplicable human experience. He carries a digital recorder, always on the lookout for the unexpected – deities and weasels, mostly. His best work has been imagined by a campfire in a clearing somewhere near sleep. Tracy is a contributing member of Poetry Society of Colorado and Florence Critique Group. His work has appeared in Lake Region Review, Poetry Society of Colorado Showcase, As the Kettle Wolf-Whistles (poetry anthology), and Califragile (online contemporary journal).


P. James Norris – “Wind”

P. James Norris has master’s degrees in Physics and Philosophy. In the 1980’s, he wrote four spec scripts for ST:TNG. In 2018 he started getting short stories published by the likes of Moon Magazine, Fantasia Divinity, Rhetoric Askew; his shorts have been included in three anthologies. He’s written three one-hour fantasy TV pilots. He has five novels in various states of incompletion–maybe, some day, he will finish writing them. He lives in Idaho with his wife and a dog, two cats and four chickens. His published work can be found at https://amazon.com/author/pjamesnorris and more at https://www.ocetacea.net/pjamesnorris.   


Barbara Preslier – “Augmented Dreams”

Barbara Preslier grew up frolicking on the beaches of Miami, Florida. She graduated with an English degree from Colgate University in NY, and continued on to the Goldman School of Dentistry in MA. She practiced general and forensic dentistry in South Florida for over thirty years. Since retiring and moving to Colorado with her husband, she has focused on her writing career. She is currently finishing her third novel. Her publications include short stories and professional journal articles. When not toiling at her desk, she enjoys pickleball, hiking and, of course, dreaming. 


Uchechi Princewill – “Blanket of Joy”

Uchechi Princewill is a fiction writer and medical student at the University of Benin, Nigeria. His work has appeared in The Story Tree Challenge Maiden Anthology. He is also a winner of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Council Unseen and Unspoken Poetry Competition. He spends his time reading, writing, and trying to be a musician for his own enjoyment. He can be found in most spaces @bryanwhoiam.


Sandy Reay – “Damn The Dream”

Sandy Reay worked in a full-service gas station, raced cars, ran rivers in rubber rafts, worked as a draftsman, programmed computers, lived on a horse ranch in the mountains, worked as a photographer, went pony-trekking along the banks of Loch Ness, wrote songs which other people performed and recorded (and got airplay), played bass in bar and bluegrass bands, worked at Renaissance festivals, adopted more than a dozen adult dogs (and five cats), and makes silver jewelry. She still hasn’t decided what she wants to be when she grows up.


Susan Schoolman – “Dream Crush”

Way back when shoulder-pads were in style, Susan Schooleman (pen name Cepa Onion) wrote for Roseanne Barr, was a member of the Denver Center Theatre’s Playwrights Group, was published by Self magazine and Samuel French. She then chucked it all for adventures in parenthood. Three grown kids and a retired math teacher husband later, she has begun inching her way back into the business. Her short stories have been included in two Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) anthologies. She was also a winner in the 2019 RMFW Gold Contest. 


CS Simpson

CS Simpson – “Other Lives”

CS Simpson is a multi-genre writer of several short stories, some poetry, and a novel. So far, her work can be found in Shoreline of Infinity, the Pikes Peak Writers Anthology: Fresh Starts, and her own self-published fables. CS likely has Diet Coke in her veins, loves reading, and hikes with her husband and dog under the Colorado skies she calls home. Keep up with her writing journey at www.authorcssimpson.com


Benjamin X. Wretlind

Benjamin X. Wretlind – “Over There”

Benjamin X. Wretlind ran with scissors when he was five. He now writes, paints, uses sharp woodworking tools and plays with glue. Sometimes he does these things at the same time. A retired Air Force veteran, Benjamin currently builds and facilitates leadership courses for staff at Yale. A multi-genre author, Benjamin’s latest is Out of Due Season: The First Transit, the first in an anthropological science fiction series. He is also the author of Castles, Sketches from the Spanish Mustang and many other novels. Benjamin lives with his wife Jesse in Colorado.

You can find him on his WebsiteTwitter and Facebook.

F r e s h S t a r t s

2021 Debut Edition:

Now available everywhere books are sold!

Author, Author!
Barnes & Noble
Apple Books
Tattered Cover
— and many more!


Tales from the Pikes Peak Writers

After the fires are out, the smoke has cleared, the divorce is over, the widow has stopped wearing black, the sun has risen, the monsters are dead, the world is saved (or destroyed!), the storm has calmed, and the trouble is over…

…what do you do next?

Find out in the first anthology of work by the Pikes Peak Writers. From mystery to romance and science fiction—from heartfelt essays to poetry that moves the soul. 

We can’t promise only happy endings. Just that moment when you pick yourself up out of the wreckage and find the strength to begin anew.



The PPW Anthology Editorial Team is comprised of PPW members with a strong background as writers and editors.

Editor, Lou J Berger

Lou J Berger lives in Centennial, Colorado. His short stories have appeared in Galaxy’s Edge magazine, Daily Science Fiction, several anthologies, and recently he was awarded Finalist in the Writers of the Future contest.
Follow him on Twitter at: @LouJBerger
His website is: http://www.loujberger.com

Editor, Jamie Ferguson

Jaime Ferguson

Jamie Ferguson has edited over a dozen anthologies and is working on many more, including a monster-themed anthology series she’s coediting with DeAnna Knippling. In her fiction, Jamie focuses on getting into the minds and hearts of her characters, whether she’s writing about a saloon girl in the Old West, a man who discovers the barista he’s in with as a naiad, or a ghost who haunts the house she was killed in – even though that house no longer exists.

Jamie lives in Colorado and spends her free time in a futile quest to wear out her two border collies, since she hasn’t given in and gotten them their own herd of sheep. Yet.
You can find Jamie on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramGoodreads, and her website.

Marketing Director, Editor, Jennifer Lovett

Jennifer Lovett

Jenny Kate is the founder of Writer Nation, an online space dedicated to helping writers market their work. With 19 years communications experience, she regularly writes on social media, internet marketing and face-to-face publicity. You can find her on her WebsiteFacebook, and  Instagram

Project Manager, Editor, Kathie Scrimgeour

KJ Scrim

Kathie Scrimgeour writes under the pseudonym KJ Scrim. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors with PPW, she is also the Managing Editor of Writing from the Peak (PPW’s blog) and the Project Manager of PPW’s first anthology, Fresh Starts. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. You can follow her on her website, KJScrim.com and on Facebook. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado skiing, hiking, or rock climbing. 


Joshua Clark: Nolan’s Bucket List: Snow Edition

Josh is a writer, bookseller, graphic designer, and designer of the cover of Fresh Starts. He graduated with an art degree from Colorado State University-Pueblo. Josh is an active member of Pikes Peak Writers, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and was the former Speakers Coordinator for Pueblo West Writers. His short story, ‘The Galaxy Got a Whole Lot Bigger,’ received a Silver Honorable Mention in Q4 of the 2020 Writers of the Future Contest. He is now busy writing his next novel. WebsiteTwitterInstagram


Thirty authors from across the globe contributed to the making of this first anthology, Fresh Starts. The editors are proud to introduce them to you.ce

Bill May: Death Found You

Bill May lives in Oregon with his wife, Nan, and their two poodles. He enjoys wine, horseback riding, playing online poker with his grandsons, and exchanging political humor with his three daughters. Before retiring, Bill got paid to have fun teaching literature and creative writing. Unfortunately, his teaching career left him with a relentless inner critic. Occasionally he’s able to shut it up long enough to complete short stories and poems. “Death Found You” is his first published work of poetry.


Bowen Gillings

Bowen Gillings: Dawn Trouble

Bowen Gillings is an award-winning author whose quirky tales range from superhero suspense to divine family squabbles. He is a devout travel enthusiast, committed martial arts dabbler, and closeted RPG nerd. He enjoys cooking, the outdoors, good whiskey, and good friends. Born in Wisconsin, he grew up in South Dakota’s Black Hills, matriculated in Minnesota, and then bounced around Europe with the Army. He’s lived on both coasts, danced on the Great Wall of China, and driven a Volvo from Alaska to Louisiana before settling in Colorado with his wife and daughter. Website, Facebook,

CS Simpson

CS Simpson: Memories

CS Simpson is a multi-genre author of several short stories, a novel, and even a little poetry. She self-published a fable (digital-only), and one of her short stories has appeared in Shoreline of Infinity 19.
In addition to reading and writing, CS loves music, movies, and spending time outdoors with her husband and dog under the Colorado skies she calls home. Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram



C.E. Barnes

C.E. Barnes: Sir George and the Dragon

C.E. Barnes grew up in Northwest Florida but left at the age of 27 because a human can only tolerate humidity, mosquitoes, and tourists for just so long. His literary influences include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Herbert George Wells, which is why his sentence structure abounds with convoluted dependent clauses spliced together with an exuberance of semicolons. He is awkward in social settings and retreats behind a shield of polite formality, unless you bring up the topic of dogs, whereupon he’ll talk your poor ears off. He adores his wife. He shouldn’t be trusted to write his own bio. Facebook


David Steir

David Stier: Blindsided

David Stier is a US Army veteran who served in Germany during the Cold War. Some of Dave’s short stories have appeared in, Fiction River #18 (Visions of the Apocalypse), Fiction River #24 (Pulse Pounders Adrenaline), Fiction River #25 (Feel the Fear), Fiction River #30 (Hard Choices), Fiction River #31 (Feel the Love), Fiction River Special Edition #3 (Spies), Pulp House Issue #4, Fiction River #33 (Doorways to Enchantment), Stars in the Darkness and The Golden Door by Jamie Ferguson, and Obsessions by Stark Publishing. Dave was a runner up in the University of North Georgia’s 2019 Military Science Fiction Symposium for “Prisoners of War.” His self-published short story collection, Final Solutions, Stories of the Holocaust is available on Amazon and Kobo. Goodreads

space holder

Debbie Maxwell Allen

Debbie Maxwell Allen: After

Debbie Maxwell Allen writes historical fiction–with a touch of the unexplainable. She explores quirky Mediterranean locations in the 18th century with moody tales of adventure and romance. She is a three-time finalist in the Pikes Peak Writers Zebulon contest. Watch for her debut series in 2021.

Debbie currently lives high in the Rockies, accompanied by her force-of-nature husband, her yin and yang cats, and plenty of visits from her children and the most adorable grandson. She travels as often as she can–preferably by train–and always with a hot cup of tea. Website

space holder

Denise Talamantez: Spiritual Walk Through Haiku

Recently, Denise Talamantez relocated to the tranquility of the Sonoran Desert, home of the giant saguaro, hummingbirds and javalina. She left behind the majestic views of the graphite Rockies, and her home of 25 years to travel a new path. She challenges herself to cultivate a garden of words to describe her connection to this beautiful chromatic desert. She breathes in the beauty surrounding her, creating another path for her Haikus. Her days are filled with writing, finishing her first novel The Tyrant’s Reach, WWII Germany – same horror, different perspective, photo journaling, and experiencing life – whether minute or grand. Twitter


Gwynne Stanker: White Fox and the Water Woman

From the jungles and savannahs of Africa to the backwoods of the Ozarks, Gwynne Stanker’s characters find themselves smack on the border of that no-man’s-land where races and cultures intersect—often violently—but where, sometimes, just sometimes, they find their common humanity. She writes in the mainstream and historical genres, but always with an element of fantasy, because she finds the real world to be a magical place. She has taken top honors in her genre in a major writing contest, and now has this short story in the Pikes Peak Writer’s anthology “Fresh Starts.” Facebook


Harper Barrow: Last Best Hope

Eternal optimist Harper Barrow is a veterinarian and mother by day, writer and roller derby player by night. Her non-fiction articles have been featured in numerous local publications and she also writes regularly about her trials of being the mother of a disabled child on her blog, which has been featured on scarymommy.com. Her fiction won third place in the NYC Midnight Short Story Contest, second place in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Contest and was published most recently in Krampus Tales: A Killer Anthology. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Colorado State University and currently lives, works and plays near Denver, Colorado. Website


Ian Neligh: The Knight Errant

Ian Neligh is an award-winning journalist, author and screenplay writer. He has written two nonfiction books about the wilder aspects of the West and his fiction can be found in several anthologies including Consumed: Tales Inspired by the Wendigo. As a journalist, Neligh has flown airplanes, ridden horses and dog sleds, run with burros, dressed up as a mascot, reenacted Civil War battles, investigated corruption and hunted for lost treasure – but generally not all at the same time. Neligh helped create the Denver Post’s first podcast program and was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” for his work. Website, Twitter, Instagram


Jere Ellison

Jere Ellison: Love in the Time of Scurvy

A life-long storyteller, Jere Ellison has always enjoyed entertaining people with words, though he didn’t actually start writing those words down until he found a good English teacher in high school. Since then, he’s written six full-length manuscripts and a bunch of short stories. While the genres and flavors of these tales range from child to adult, fantasy to sci-fi, and serious to silly, they each contain one similar nugget: hope. Ellison currently is a househusband for his wildlife biologist wife, and is a CASA volunteer working with foster-care children. He also enjoys “Dungeons and Dragons” and ginger ale. Twitter, Instagram


Joshua Clark: Nolan’s Bucket List: Snow Edition

Josh is a writer, bookseller, graphic designer, and designer of the cover of Fresh Starts. He graduated with an art degree from Colorado State University-Pueblo. Josh is an active member of Pikes Peak Writers, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and was the former Speakers Coordinator for Pueblo West Writers. His short story, ‘The Galaxy Got a Whole Lot Bigger,’ received a Silver Honorable Mention in Q4 of the 2020 Writers of the Future Contest. He is now busy writing his next novel. Website, Twitter, Instagram


Karen Albright Lin

Karen Albright Lin: After Grandpa Died

Karen is a hopeless foodie, award-winning novelist, and produced screenwriter. Many of her stories are inspired by her experience marrying into a Chinese family. Food is often a subplot. Mu Shu Mac & Cheese and American Moon came out in 2020. When possible she, her husband, and their two boys travel as she researches recipes from around the world for a literary cookbook. She teaches for cruise lines and writers conferences in Colorado where she is part of a rich author community. Website, Facebook, LinkedIn


Katie Day: Someday Baby

Katie Day accidentally summoned a ghost, almost died in Scotland, ate chicken feet (yes, it was delicious), and pulled a sword from stone so she’s the rightful ruler of Britain. She has the exceptional ability to hear the world differently than most with her unique hearing loss, or in some cases not at all. She writes primarily YA urban fantasy and romance. If you want to stalk her, she currently lives in Golden with her hubby and two hyper mutts. Instagram


Kendra Griffin

Kendra Griffin: five blossoms for meditation

Kendra Griffin has a passion for writing about underdogs, family relationships, social inequality, diverse ensemble casts, and teenage characters who develop strong identities despite all societal pressure to the contrary. She recently published The Pox Ward, the first in her dystopian, post-plague YA series. The sequel, Apocalypse Thoughts, arrives in February. Kendra is also a singer-songwriter and occasional poet who loves to encourage others in their creative process. Kendra teaches writing for Aims Community College, frequently hosts creative writing workshops in her community, and was the winner of the 2020 N0CO Jerry Eckert Scholarship. Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon,


Laura Mahal: Scars

Laura Mahal hopes that the ghost of Ernest Hemingway will forgive her for traipsing into his hallowed territory. She often writes literary fiction, attempts comedy on occasion, and routinely slips in speculative themes. Her work appears in a wide range of publications, from Fish in Ireland to Veterans’ Voices, Still Coming Home, The Blue Mountain Review, OyeDrum, Across the Margin, Chiaroscuro, Encore, and DoveTales. Laura recently won a national essay contest for Women on Writing, is currently editing a novel for Lighthouse Writers Book Project, and is generally trying to stay out of trouble, except for “good trouble,” of course. Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


Lily Lapin: Fresh Starts in Two Parts

Lily Lapin is a visual artist and writer. During a commercial art career in the NYC fashion hosiery business, she discovered the art of train writing on her long commutes under the Hudson River. Her work addresses the strange, sad, complex, and funny. She makes intricate collages and dioramas that often include altered toys. To free herself from the limitations of space that art objects occupy, she also writes fantastical stories and odd personal essays. She currently lives in Colorado where fantasy inspires, as well as Zooming with her North Jersey Write Group cohorts to fine-tune her craft.


Lizz Bogaard: And Any More Would Be Inappropriate

Lizz Bogaard is a writer and editor based in New York. She graduated from Fordham University in 2019 with a degree in Creative Writing and Psychology. At Fordham, she was Managing Editor of her creative writing concentration’s student publication, The Brink. She also directed a feminist playwrights festival for which she co-wrote Common Sense, a comedy centered around an incel cult conspiring against a female writer and her lover. Since then, her short fiction has been featured in Crooked Teeth Literary MagazineThe Yew NorkerBewildering Stories, Internet Void, and more.Currently, she works as a Writer’s Assistant for the wonderful Otis Kidwell Burger and co-hosts a weekly reading group at Westbeth Artists’ Housing. Amid the pandemic, she wrote a short (virtual) play, which was featured in Time Out New York’s “Best Live Theatre to Stream Online” as part of a virtual play festival. Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


Marilyn K Moody

Marilyn K. Moody: Blue Turf Creation Myth

Marilyn K. Moody grew up on the pancake-flat prairie of Central Illinois — and still prefers open spaces and distant horizons. Two of her recent poems are included in a 2020 Colorado Book Award winner, Rise: An Anthology of Change. She has also published poems in Progenitor Art & Literary Journal and The Great Isolation: Colorado Creativity in the Time of the Pandemic. While living in Boise, she walked often on the hallowed blue turf and accumulated enough orange and blue T-shirts to last a lifetime. She now lives near Denver. Website, LinkedIn


Megan E Freeman

Megan E. Freeman: the world is ending and my dryer is broken

Megan E. Freeman writes middle-grade and young adult fiction as well as poetry for adults. Her novel-in-verse, ALONE, is available from Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. Megan is also a Pushcart-nominated poet, and her poetry chapbook, Lessons on Sleeping Alone, was published by Liquid Light Press. An award-winning teacher, Megan has decades of experience teaching in the arts and humanities and is nationally recognized for presenting workshops and speaking to audiences across the country. She used to live in northeast Los Angeles, central Ohio, northern Norway, and on Caribbean cruise ships. Now she lives in northern Colorado. Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


Michael Chandos: Butterfly

In the real world, Michael Chandos is the pseudonym for a retired rocket scientist, a licensed Private Investigator and author. He has published mystery and SF in the US and the UK. His story “West Texas Barbecue” was nominated for the Macavity award and was published in the Anthony-nominated anthology “The Eyes of Texas”. His story, “The Happy Ending”, in the online “The Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine”, is a Noir mystery with a happy ending. Really. He lives in Black Forest, Colorado with two dogs, a wife and a vintage race car that doesn’t work. Facebook


Morgen Leigh

Morgen Leigh: The Plan

A voracious reader as a youngster, Morgen Leigh spent entirely too much time with her nose stuck in a book and scaring the hell out of friends and family with her unsettling, dark tales. Her fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in numerous magazines and e-zines over the years and her first novel, bloodbrothers, was published in 2020. When not writing, she can be found teaching at the University of Colorado and leading weekly adaptive chair yoga classes. She is currently finishing a second novel and writing a memoir. Morgen writes and breathes in Colorado but threatens to move to Tucson every winter. Website, Facebook, Instagram,


Nikia Hunt

Nikia Hunt: Agony in Ages

Nikia Hunt is a native Nebraskan who once wandered too far from home and ended up in Colorado. Her muse fell in love with the mountainscape and the nature within it and she has been writing and teaching “with a view” ever since. 

Heavily influenced by everything gothic and twisted, Nikia’s work is generally centered in finding literary beauty in everyday life, especially in the more macabre and sometimes traumatizing parts. Along with reality-based memoir, she focuses largely on fantasy fiction, young adult fantasy, and darkly expressive poetry. Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


Sarah Reilly Pancoast

Sarah Reilly Pancoast: One-way Ticket

A believer that everyone has a tale to tell, Sarah Reilly Pancoast loves to spend time writing out people’s stories. She used to focus on the real world, but now prefers her imaginary ones. The native upstate New Yorker spent too brief a time in Colorado, but Sarah enjoys all the traveling she does with her family. When she is not writing, Sarah is teaching, cooking, travelling and inventing backstories for people she meets along the way. Sarah’s work has also been featured in the anthology Remnants and Resolutions. Facebook,


Shelley K Nelson

Shelley Kitchura Nelson: The Sea Beyond

Whether observing the miles ahead of her or exploring a memory, Shelley Kitchura Nelson is forthright in bringing life’s passing nuances to the page. She chooses both simple and extraordinary moments to convey the worth of noticing what happens along the way. She strives to make her writing a place readers want to return to, and remember how they felt when they first read it. Shelley currently lives on a small farm built on the rock of the Colorado foothills. Her poetry has been published in Pilgrimage and New Millennium Writings


Stephanie Amedeo

Stephanie Amedeo: I Got You, Babe

Stephanie Amedeo once stood, nine years old, in library stacks, an unread copy of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe open in her hands. Since then, she’s been a reading-addicted-bookworm. Going on to read all the Narnia books, when returning the last one to the librarian, she was devastated that there were no more.  Then, she had to become a writer and finish the series. However, life is what happens when you’re busy planning something else. Meantime, she obtained a doctorate in sociology, married, had children, taught college. Now, here she is keeping on keeping on– writing her story. Website, Facebook


Tami Veldura: Personal Best

Tami Veldura is an enby/aro/ace author of queer fiction. Their pronouns are they/them/Mx. They write fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal stories that push genre limits. Their work has been nominated for the M/M Goodreads Reader Choice Awards and they have been nominated and placed in the Rainbow Awards. Website, Patreon


Terry Odell, Author

Terry Odell: My Name is Marjorie

Although Terry Odell had no aspirations of becoming a writer until long after receiving her AARP card, she’s now the author of over thirty novels, novellas, and short stories. She writes mysteries and romantic suspense, but calls them all “Mysteries With Relationships.” Her awards include the Silver Falchion, the International Digital Awards, and the HOLT Medallion. A Los Angeles native, she moved to Florida where she spent thirty years in the heat and humidity. She now enjoys life with her husband and rescue dog in the cooler, dryer climate of the Colorado Rockies, where she watches wildlife from her windows. Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon, Bookbub


T.R. Kerby: No Service

T. R. Kerby has led a life of high adventure and travel to exotic places… ok, not so much, but she has worn a lot of hats. She has been a fry cook, a trail guide, a horse trainer, and a veterinary technician as well as other less interesting things. Her weaknesses include chocolate and rescuing lost souls, mostly animals, but sometimes people. She currently lives in the Rocky Mountains with some of her rescues including her husband, two dogs, and a herd of horses. She brings her varied life experiences to the table in her books and short stories. Website, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, BookBub


Tushar Jain: On Illness

Tushar Jain is an Indian poet and writer. He is the winner of the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize, the Raed Leaf India Poetry Award, the Poetry with Prakriti Prize, the DWL Short Story Prize, the Toto Funds the Arts Award for Creative Writing and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. His first play ‘Reading Kafka in Verona’ was long-listed for the Hindu Metroplus Playwright Award. His work has appeared in various literary magazines and journals such as Aaduna, Papercuts, The Madras Mag, Vayavya, and others. His debut collection of poetry, Shakespeare in the Parka, was published in 2018.


Be the first to receive news about this and future anthologies!

Join our mail list today!


* indicates required
I am a:
Email Format

Check back often for updates.

Pikes Peak Writers