Literary Arts Festival
May 18-19 @ DSU Campus
Meet Our Speakers
LaVerna Bringhurst Johnson
Singer/Songwriter Denis Feehan has written numerous songs with Full Throttle, his band in Los Angeles. These days, he can be seen performing with his band mates in the classic rock and blues band, Dealt-A-Straight, in his new home town of Mesquite, Nevada.
Active in the community theater, Denis has appeared in several productions as an actor. He has also served as musical director for two musicals and directed The Last of the Red Hot Lovers.
Presentation on Lyric Writing
Group Chorus Write
While his novel, A Wisp of Smoke, is his first work of fiction, Joe brings almost fifty years of business/educational/technical writing experience to the creative process. He claims he practices “organized creativity”. For the last twenty years he taught college classes and authored/co-authored numerous pieces of curriculum, instructional support materials, and textbooks.
How To Successfully Fail
The fear of rejection and failure is the single greatest obstacle to success in adult life. Taken to its extreme, we become totally preoccupied with not making a mistake; with seeking approval for security above all other considerations. Fear of failure interferes with performance, inhibits expression, and stifles creativity. For artists, musicians, performers, and writers this obstacle always looms large in their legend. Every piece of work they produce is intended to be seen, heard, or read with a critical perspective. In this session we are going to look at this often daunting obstacle from a different perspective, particularly as it pertains to creative types of all kinds.
Ellie Terry's award-winning poetry has appeared in various magazines for children. Her debut novel for middle-grade readers, Forget Me Not, which Publisher's Weekly called, "Honest and moving," was published in 2017 by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, and was recently announced as a 2019 Beehive Book Award Nominee by the Children's Literature Association of Utah. Ellie is represented by Mr. Steven Chudney of The Chudney Agency and lives in southern Utah with her husband and their three children.
Marilyn W. Richardson, retired dance educator, moved to Southern Utah in 1994. “Walking in the red dirt, reading and travel, all hold great appeal,” she says, “as does writing. My primary focus is writing books for children and YA and five of these are now available on kindle, with more to be added soon.
“I’ve heard that writers ought to concentrate on one genre, but I find I can’t do that.”
Richardson has served as President of the League of Utah Writers (LUW) as well as president of the St. George chapter Heritage Writer Guild 3 times. A frequent winner in the LUW annual contests and, once in the Utah Poetry Society; several of her writings have been published in the LUW annual anthology.
She wrote Stubby the War Dog, at the suggestion of a friend. “There are many articles on the internet about Stubby and one excellent book for 6th or 7th graders. I decided to write for young readers and have Stubby tell his own story.”
Michaelbrent Collings is an internationally-bestselling author, produced screenwriter, and has spent years as one of Amazon's Top Horror Writers. He has written bestsellers in everything from humor to horror to romance and beyond. Find more about him at his website, WrittenInsomnia.com - "Books That Keep You Up All Night.
Pam Tucker's poetry has appeared in Trestle Creek Review, Plainsongs, Literary Mama, Prairie Poetry, and Gathering: A Collection of Women's Writing. She is the author of the children's book Paper Monsters illustrated by Mark Ludy. She received a BA in English from BYU. Growing up in small town Wyoming gave her a love for big sky and wide open spaces. She loves hitting the road on a bicycle with a map, a granola bar and an empty schedule. She lives in Washington, UT.