wyoming writers, Inc.

Board of Directors

Andrew Call, President


Andrew Call is a writer and photographer living in Laramie. Short stories are his bread and butter, but like any self-respecting/self-loathing fiction writer, he’s got half-formed skeletons of a novel or two collecting dust in the closet.
 
Andrew graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2010 with a focus on marketing, advertising, and creative writing. He's a supporter of the Oxford comma.He has worked professionally from the technical end of the writing spectrum—website copy for a restaurant supply business in Colorado, back cover book blurbs, and copy editing for an independent publisher out of Washington, copywriting for a content marketing company based in Nevada—but every so often, he’s drawn back by the siren song of short fiction.

Melissa Cook, Treasurer & Secretary


Melissa Cook grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and Tucson, Arizona, before moving to Wyoming, where she married Elgin Cook. Together they raised three boys in bush Alaska while working as teachers and school district administrators. Melissa earned advanced degrees in school administration and educational technology from the University of Alaska and bachelor's degrees in education and composite social science from Black Hills State University in South Dakota. 

Melissa retired with her husband to the small farming community of Burlington, Wyoming, in 2016. During her spare time, she volunteers for the local fire department, maintains her EMT certification, creates videos for her Wyoming Jeepers YouTube channel, and writes. Her memoir, The Call of the Last Frontier, will be released in the fall of 2021.

TERRELL GRaY, SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS CHAIR


Terrell Gray writes short stories and screenplays, mostly in the horror and science fiction genre, but has explored, westerns and slice of life drama.  He loves to explore spiritual truths in his work.

He is best known for his novella, Bilbo the Clown Fights Evil, and his novel Demons Carnival written under the pen name T. Thornton Gray. He has had numerous short stories published and his screenplay Scarecrow was chosen and produced by the Red Rocks Community College film production program in Colorado where he studied film production.    

He was born and raised in the Colorado mountains, but for a good many years now, lives with his wife Nicole and children, Dustin and Rebecca, in Rozet WY. His major influences are writers like Frank Peretti, Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, and John Steinbeck. 


alan o'hashi, Vice President

Alan O’Hashi has written for publication since he was a reporter and columnist for the CareyJunior High School “Tumbleweed” newspaper in Cheyenne. He’s been a narrative and documentary filmmaker, having co-produced “Mahjong and the West” (Prime Video). He has two documentaries in post-production, “Beyond Sand Creek” and “Beyond Heart Mountain.” The latter is also a memoir being published by Winter Goose Publishing. Alan is a typewriter collector and types up his first drafts.

Nicole Kelley, Publicity Chair


Nicole Kelley has a BA in Elementary Education (emphasis: Creative Arts) and an MA in Education (concentration: Curriculum and Instruction, emphasis: Educational Leadership) from the University of Wyoming. She has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher for more than 10 years in Wyoming, Arizona, and Nebraska. Nicole’s focus includes teaching students requiring special assistance due to poverty, trauma, and/or psychological needs.

Often described as quirky, Nicole usually lives the quiet life (reading, writing, running, and playing with her dogs), but sometimes does exciting things like skydiving, breaking world records, and traveling to foreign countries. Nicole believes the best writing comes from the most random inspiration. Her current work was imagined during a trio of events: 1) recovering from surgery (pain killers were involved), 2) binge-watching The X-Files, and 3) reading Strangers by Dean Koontz. Although her writing often varies in genre and topic, she is currently prioritizing YA and humorous short stories.

Jessica Jackson, PAST PRESIDENT

Jessica Jackson’s writing career has taken many forms over the years, staff writer for the Northern Wyoming Daily News, grant writer for various non-profit programs as well as publisher, editor, and writer for various newsletters, and currently a contributor to The Ten Sleep Tribute.  She received a B.A. in English Literature from Aquinas College in Michigan, and an  M.A. in Literature with a Creative Writing Emphasis, from Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles. 

After graduating, she proceeded to put her degrees in an envelope and drove straight into an outfitting camp to cook for fisherman and elk hunters in the Bighorns. She has been living in the foothills outside of Ten Sleep raising children, observing the lives around her, and gathering material and courage through the years. She is currently working on a series of narrative non-fiction stories.

 

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