Author, Poe Ballantine, to speak at college

Being an author is hard work, but becoming one is just as hard. Writers cannot just sit in a coffee shop and look mysterious while typing on a laptop until someone shows some interest.

Thankfully, the Dinneen Writers Series sponsored through the Laramie County Community College Foundation has invited an author to campus to host a presentation and workshop to teach budding writers what the business is all about.

Poe Ballantine, originally from Denver, Colo., is the author of such fiction and nonfiction works as "Decline of the Lawrence Welk Empire" and "The Blue Devils of Blue River Avenue." He was also featured in Best American Essays in 2006 and is the subject of the documentary "Poe Ballantine, A Writer in America." He also has a book due out this year titled "Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere."

Writer's life, stuggles

His presentation will not only focus on his life as a writer but also on his struggle to achieve that status. This includes his time living on the road and working some 75 odd jobs.

"I think he's a unique author," said Lisa Trimble, director of alumni affairs and event planning for the LCCC Foundation. "He's a bit a different from people we've had come in the past. His visit will have more of a hands-on approach than other authors who've come in the past."

The organization responsible for bringing Ballantine as well as other writers, the Dinneen Writers Series, was established in 2003 by Bill and Marietta Dinneen, but the event was referred to only as the Writers Series until 2008. The authors who have come as a part of the series include Robert Bly, Robert Pack, Temple Grandin, Lauren Myracle and now Ballantine.

Dinneen writer's series

"They really wanted to not only showcase writers but give the campus and the community a chance to see the other side of writing," Trimble said.

Not only is this a unique opportunity for aspiring writers to see the ins and outs of being an author, but it also gives students a glimpse into the highs and lows of a person's life while trying to accomplish a dream.

The event will take place on Tuesday, April 10, in the Center for Conferences and Institutes, Room 169. The writers' workshop is from 1–3 p.m., and the presentation and book signing will be at 7 p.m. Students and members of the community are all welcome to come, and admission is free. The night before at 7, Ballantine will present a reading at the Recovery Community Center at 512 E. Lincolnway.

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When: April 10, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Center for Conferences and Institutes (CCI), Room 169

All are welcome, admission is free

Poe Ballantine: NPR