Posted Sept. 16, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.

College to connect students, authors

By Derek Hoffman

Laramie County Community College Foundation will offer this year’s Literary Connection, featuring authors Poe Ballantine, Dave Jannetta and Lisa Zimmerman on campus.

The workshops on Friday, Oct. 4, between 9 a.m.–1 p.m. will be free for anyone to attend. The afternoon with all three authors will be on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Both events will be in Room 130 in the Center for Conferences and Institutes. Saturday’s event will have a $5 admission charge for students and $45 for general admission. Lunch will be included for the Saturday workshop. A book signing will follow the event. Space is limited, so if students are interested, they should register for these workshops before Sept. 20.

Ballantine and Jannetta’s workshop will focus on “Love and Terror: Fascinations and Complex Problems of Portraying True Crime in a Small Town.”

Zimmerman will conduct a separate workshop called “Writing Through the Block: Inventive Ways to Get Lines to the Page.” Both of these workshops are expected to be hands on.

“We asked them to do this for us,” said Lisa Trimble, LCCC Foundation director of alumni affairs and event planning. “We ask them to be practical and interactive so that students can learn from these authors who have been through the ringer and experienced all these things.”

Authors offer different perspectives on writing

This workshop will provide a unique opportunity for students, faculty and the public to gain a new perspective on teaching and writing from the diverse people attending, she said.

“I think it is an opportunity for them to broaden their writing styles, to broaden their teaching styles, and learn new techniques from people who have most likely already had to change their styles several times,” Trimble said.

Poe Ballantine, fiction and nonfiction writer, was born in 1955 in Denver, Colo. In addition to receiving many Pushcart and O. Henry nominations, Ballantine’s work has been included in noted publications. “The Blue Devils of Blue River Avenue” was included in The Best American Short Stories 1998,” and “501 Minutes to Christ” was included in “Best American Essays 2006.”

Janetta is a director, producer and editor. In 2009, he wrote and directed his debut feature film "Rachel & Diana" and is currently in post-production on his first documentary feature, "Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere.”

Before founding 32-20 Productions, his production company, in 2009, Janetta was a personal assistant to Peter Jackson through the North American production of “The Lovely Bones” and spent a year working at Jackson’s WingNut Films in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a graduate of Penn State University in finance and film studies and an alumnus of Werner Herzog’s “Rogue Film School.”

Zimmerman was born in Denver, Colo. Her father was a U.S. Army officer, so her family moved around a lot. She graduated from high school in Belgium. She earned her master’s in fine arts from Washington University in St. Louis. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in the Colorado Review, Redbook, Paper Street, Poet Lore, Eclipse, Atlanta Review and several other publications. Her poetry has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. In addition, she has published two poetry books as well as the full-length collections “How the Garden Looks from Here,” which won the 2004 Violet Reed Haas Poetry Award and “The Light at the Edge of Everything,” which was published in 2008.

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