Our Writers

Staff Writers

Susan Viebrock -

Susan is Telluride Inside… and Out’s founder and editor-in-chief, the visionary on the team, in charge of content, concept and development. For 19+ years, Susan has covered Telluride’s cultural economy, which includes non-profits and special events. Much of her writing features high-profile individuals in the arts, entertainment, business, and politics. She is a former Citibank executive specializing in strategic planning and new business development, and a certified Viniyoga instructor.  Read the latest posts from Susan.

Clint Viebrock -

Clint is TIO’s Publisher and a staff writer. Clint first arrived in town in 1985 just to check out the views, spent most of his life as “CEO” of a giant business, a 747-400 airplane in the Northwest fleet. Since his retirement in 1998, Clint has taught for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.  Read the latest posts from Clint.



Jesse James McTigue -

Jesse James McTigue moved to Telluride when she was eleven. She has left many times –to attend a ski academy and college on the East Coast, to travel in South America, and to teach middle school in Oakland, CA –but she always seems to return. She returned (again) in 2008, married with kids, and thinks this time it may be for real. When she’s not chasing her kids, she’s searching for sanity on her skis or bike and makes her living freelance writing, grant writing and tutoring. Read the latest posts from Jesse.

Emily Shoff -

Emily Brendler Shoff found true love when she moved to the Rockies for her freshman year at Colorado College in 1994. Her love affair with the mountains hasn’t wavered since. She writes, teaches, and makes cookies for her favorite people in Telluride, Colorado. Read the latest posts from Emily.


Cynthia Zehm -

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. She was introduced to astrology by her maternal grandmother, Alice Wood Carter and she grew up reading her American Astrology and Dell Horoscope magazines. By age 12, she had a general working knowledge of Sun-sign astrology. In 1977 Cynthia moved to Telluride, CO and began doing readings in the upstairs loft of the Ritzy Gypsy, a boutique above the infamous Moon Gypsy Saloon, with her partner, Ginette Petrie. In 1988 Cynthia began writing Alacazem: Astrology and Metaphysics for the Telluride Times. The column has been published for over 20 years, and currently appears each week in Telluride Inside and Out.  Read the latest posts from Cynthia.


Other Contributors

Daiva Chesonis -

Daiva is a Baltimore-born transplant since 1992 when she came to Telluride with the CTEC crew to build the Gondola and decided to stay put for a while. That “while” has included stints as owner/operator of Vision Design, Art Director at Telluride Magazine and Telluride Production Group, snowboard instructor, bookseller, and time served as board member for the Telluride Repertory Theatre Company, Horizon Program, and Mountainfilm. In 2005, she achieved her original academic goal by receiving a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and International Conflict Resolution. When not reading, Daiva’s favorite pastimes, aside from lots of tennis and snowboarding, include hiking and cross-country skiing with her daughter Olivija, often found in BTC’s kids section gobbling up (and recommending) books.

Sonchia Jilek -

As Executive Director of the Pinhead Institute, Sonchia offers locals and visitors cultural programming centered on science that rewards curiosity and provides a connection to the scientific world. Her favorite thing about Pinhead is its reach into the region: she loves turning kids in Telluride onto physics via rockets and traveling with leading scientists to Nucla and Naturita, where they open up the worlds of biology and chemistry in schools that may otherwise lack rich scientific programming. Sonchia also sends kids to M.I.T. and the California Academy of Sciences for summer internships, which refines their scientific pursuits. It’s her great hope that, through Pinhead, kids can find and nurture a scientific passion that lasts their entire lives. Sonchia worked as the Director of Programming and Outreach at the Telluride Historical Museum before taking over at Pinhead in 2007.

Amy Lauberstein -

For Program Director Amy Laubenstein, the Pinhead Institute represents a culmination of everything exciting about science: Whether it is leading after-school programs and camps that take scientific principles from the pages of a text and turn them into illuminating experiences, or the enthusiastic yells that punctuate a Punk demonstration, Pinhead creates an undeniable buzz about the fascinating world of science. Amy loves to develop experiences that help make science exciting and accessible to children of all ages and backgrounds. She looks forward to creating more opportunities that reach an even wider audience to show just how incredible science is.Prior to joining Pinhead in 2010, Amy created Eco Adventures for the Telluride Ski and Golf Company and developed a curriculum accompaniment for the film, “Bag It.”

Deb Dion -

Deb Dion Kees is a writer and the editor at Telluride Magazine. Her freelance writing has appeared in Salon, SKI Magazine, The Huffington Post, Book Magazine, Shelter, Colorado Biz, Aspen Sojourner, Mountain Gazette, Paraglide and Paragliding Magazine. Her fiction appeared in the Valley Floor Anthology and she is currently working on a novel titled Learning to Fly. She lives on the west end of San Miguel County with her husband, two children and a one-eyed cat named Flash.

Suzanne Cheavens -

Suzanne Cheavens has called Telluride her home since 1985. Here, she is living her dream of living a life in music. The former editor of the Telluride Daily Planet, she is now the KOTO Music Director, plays guitar and writes songs in a rock and roll band, and draws power and inspiration from these mountains.


Erica Stock -

erica4As a passionate advocate and angler, Erica helps build the organizational capacity of public and nonprofit organizations that seek to tackle the challenges facing coldwater fisheries and western rivers. Additionally, she advises philanthropists seeking to invest and support these initiatives. She has worked with several public and private organizations and agencies including Trout Unlimited, the Wild Salmon Center, Western Native Trout Initiative, the State of Colorado, and American Rivers, among others.

Erica holds degrees in Social Psychology and Biology from Mount Holyoke College and currently lives in Denver with her daughter and two Australian Shepherds. In her free time she enjoys traveling to remote corners of the earth, fly fishing, shooting sports, yoga, cooking, and serves on the board of several river conservation organizations.

Lauren Metzger -

Lauren Metzger is the Marketing & Exhibitions Director at the Ah Haa School for the Arts. After graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York, Lauren moved to Telluride to escape mass transit and pursue life in a small town. To her great surprise, she found an opportunity to pursue a career in her major, Communication Design. However, thinking she was still a city girl, Lauren left Telluride for Chicago, where she spent seven years working as a freelancer at design firms and custom publishers. In the end, she realized she was a mountain girl after all. Ah Haa is an organization Lauren believes in, one that nurtures her creative spirit and helps others nurtures theirs. Read the latest posts from Lauren.

David Holbrooke -

David Holbrooke is the festival director for Mountainfilm in Telluride. He’s also a filmmaker with a long history with both Mountainfilm (first coming in 1999 and rarely missing a festival) and the Telluride area. Hard As Nails, David’s most recent film, was a Mountainfilm 2007 award winner. Other documentaries include Freaks Like Me and Time for a New God. He also directed A Redwood Grows in Brooklyn, featuring acclaimed nature photographer James Balog. All are part of an ongoing series he created called “Original Thinkers.” Other recent projects include The Soul of Healing with Deepak Chopra and co-producing The Trials of Henry Kissinger. Before he became a filmmaker, David spent a year in the dotcom world. Before that, he worked extensively in television news, producing long-form pieces for “The Today Show,” CBS News and CNN. David has been a contributing editor at GQ and written for the Huffington Post. His production company, Giraffe Partners, is developing narrative features and several documentaries. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, three kids and their crazy dog, Lola.

Erika Moss Gordon -

Erika Moss Gordon lives in Ridgway, CO with her two amazing kiddos to whom she is grateful every day. She works year-round for the Telluride Film Festival, teaches yoga and will publish her first book in January of 2013, a collection of poetry entitled “Of Eyes and Iris.” For more about Erika and her poetry visit her website.


Marla Meridith -

Marla MeridithMarla Meridith is the founder & photographer of the popular food and lifestyle blog, Family Fresh Cooking. You can also find her on TwitterFacebook: FoodFacebook: LifestylePinterest and Instagram.


Wendy Atwell -

Wendy AtwellWendy Atwell lives in San Antonio, Texas but comes to Telluride as often as she can with her husband and three daughters. She is drawn here mostly by the chocolate but also the fishing, skiing, hiking, amazing library, alpenglow and the way everyone loves their dogs. Wendy received her M.A. in Art History and Criticism from University of Texas at San Antonio and has written about contemporary art for many publications including …might be good, ArtLies, and currently Glasstire. Wendy is the author of The River Spectacular: Light, Sound, Color, and Craft on the San Antonio River (Maverick Publishing Company, 2010).

Pat Bailey -

Pat Bailey is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1987, having earned  a BA in religious studies from Lee College, a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theology in comparative religion from Emory University. From 1987 – 1992, Pat served as pastor of the East Point Presbyterian Church, a congregation in an urban suburb of Atlanta. Beginning in 1992, he worked as a chaplain in the U.S. Army, retiring in late 2008. From 2002 to 2005, Pat taught world religions at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. From 2005 to 2008, he served as a brigade chaplain at Fort Richardson, Alaska during which he spent fourteen months deployed to Iraq. Pat returned to local church ministry as the Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Telluride, Colorado, in October 2008. He is currently working on his PhD. thesis. His weekly series on Telluride Inside… and Out, Spirituality With Religion, is based on themes he is exploring for his advanced degree.

Erica Kinias -

EricaKiniasErica Kinias was born in Durango, but has grown up in the beautiful southwest of Tucson, Arizona. She studied history and comparative religion at Arizona State University, Tempe, and St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge. After receiving her master’s degree in museum studies from University College London’s Institute of Archaeology in 2003, Erica served as Curator of Chiddingstone Castle, Kent, where she specialized in Japanese art and historic house preservation. After moving back to Phoenix in 2007, Erica served as Programs and Grants Manager for the Arizona Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She joined the Telluride Museum staff and board in March, 2012, and has enjoyed every second of her new life in the beautiful, close-knit community of Telluride.

Fiona Smith -

fiona smithFiona Smith hails from the Seattle area, but found her love for Colorado’s mountains and sunshine when she moved to the Telluride region seven years ago, after receiving a BA in Geology from Colorado College. Here, she manages the EcoAction Initiative for EcoAction Partners and works remotely as the Marketing and Communications Assistant for Florida’s Legacy Institute for Nature and Culture. She fulfills her ambitions to live as a ski bum by working on Telluride’s Ski Patrol.

Kelly Goodin -

“One Can Make a Difference.” That is the title of Kelly Goodin’s (eternally unfinished) nonfiction book and the belief system that propels her work as the executive director of Second Chance Humane Society.  With master degrees in sport psychology and social work, Kelly has worked with a broad range of people and cultures and is now combining her twin passions for animals and creating community change. Kelly has been helping shelter pets write a weekly Pet Column for over six years. The column published in local newspapers and online, promotes the importance and responsibilities of the human-animal bond.

Nana Naisbitt -

Nana Naisbitt is the executive director of the Telluride Science Research Center, a position she assumed in January 2007, after managing the organization for four years as the executive director of Pinhead Institute. Nana was the founder of Pinhead Institute, a Smithsonian Affiliate and science education non-profit, and served as its executive director from April 2001 until December 2006.

In 2003, Nana brought TSRC’s traditional “Public Science Lectures” out of a cloistered classroom into the Telluride cultural arena as the “Town Talks.” She has hosted more that 100 public science talks, attracting audiences up to 400 attendees, in Beijing, San Francisco, and Telluride.

With her father John Naisbitt and Douglas Philips, she wrote _High Tech High Touch_ (Broadway Books, 1999), which was translated into twelve languages. She has appeared on the Leher News Hour, the BBC World Service, and NPR among other broadcasters, and has spoken at venues throughout the world including the Smithsonian Institution, California Academy of Sciences, Peking University, 92nd Street Y, the National University in Taiwan, and the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. She has written for Whole Earth Catolog, Fast Company, and Time Magazine.

Naisbitt is active in the Telluride community. Currently she is a member of the Telluride Playwright’s Festival board and the Telluride TV board. She served on the Telluride Ecology Commission from 2005 – 2007, as the President of Telluride Friends of the Library from 2003 – 2006, was a member of the Robin Magee Memorial Committee in 2005 – 2006. She received her BA in history from University of Chicago in 1984.

Tracy Shaffer -

Tracy Shaffer is a Realtor/writer who lives, works and plays in Denver, Colorado.  Active in the arts & cultural scene, Tracy is an award-winning playwright, a member of the Denver Center Theatre Company (12 years) and has appeared on stages around Denver and the nation. Ms. Shaffer fell in love with Telluride during the Telluride Playwrights Festival, where her scripts have received readings in 2008 & 2011. With her heart in the arts and a mind for business, Tracy co-founded Thriving Artist Alliance @ Your Castle Real Estate, helping people buy, sell and invest in real estate.  As well as TIO, Tracy’s blogs can be found  on Huffington Post where she covers art/culture/community and the occasional stint on the real estate page.

Gavin Anstey (Telluride Newb) -

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado and a year under his belt working multiple journalism and online marketing jobs in Argentina, Gavin Anstey co-founded the Telluride Newb with Dutch Simpson in November 2010 to keep up his journalism craft and document his transition from a “NEWB” to a local. When not running his media and content provision company, Open Exposure Media, Gavin can be found coaching mogul and big mountain skiing for the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club. His posts with Dutch’s videos can be seen weekly within the “Best of the NEWB” on Telluride Inside…and Out.

Jennie Franks -

Jennie Franks is a film-maker, playwright and actor.  Her films have been seen all over the country and on Rocky Mountain PBS. She has performed in New York in her own plays and has written and acted for television and theatre all over the United Kingdom. She is currently the President of Sparky Productions and the Artistic Director of the Telluride Playwrights Festival.


Kierstin Bridger -

Kierstin Bridger was the 2011 winner of the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize and will be this year’s contest judge. You can find additional award-winning poetry in the 2012 issue of Memoir (and). Kierstin’s work, including her flash fiction and Haiku, can be found online at Nail Polish Stories, a tiny and Colorful Literary Journal, and Broadsided Press. More of her published works appear in Stripped: A Collection of Anonymous Flash Fiction from PS Books; a division of Philadelphia Stories, Smith Magazine’s 6 Words about Work, the 2011 issue of the Porter Gulch Review, the University of Washington’s literary publication Bricolage, UW Women’s Voices.  Forthcoming publications include work in the May 2012 issue of Thrush Poetry Journal and the May issue of the Mountain Gazette.

Kierstin divides her time between Telluride and Ridgway Colorado with her high school sweetheart and their daughter. She writes, blogs, designs, and rolls her eyes at the new puppy in her house. She is currently pursing her MFA at Pacific University.

Erich Owen -

Erich Owen became executive chef at the historic New Sheridan Hotel, Telluride, in April 2008. His cuisine can best be summed up as new American with French accents and an emphasis on quality ingredients and impeccable preparation. Mentors have included Nelson Cognac of San Francisco’s Grand Cafe and Jeff Panilli of Harmon’s Restaurant, Telluride (now the site of the Ah Haa School for the Arts). There were stints at the world famous Braustuberl Schloss Seefeld, a castle in Austria specializing in French and Austrian cuisine and Koi, one of L.A.’s hottest eateries. Owen also worked locally at Allred’s as executive chef/general manager, making the New Sheridan’s Chop House his third regional success story.

Luke Brown -

Luke Brown is a Colorado native who finds himself eternally bound to the sun, snow and seasons of the Centennial State. He is a world traveler and is always looking for the next adventure whether it is around the globe or around the bend. His early years were spent traveling and exploring the western United States in the back of a Volkswagen bus with his gypsy parents and he blames them completely for his affinity and addiction to motion and movement. Luke is currently the Program Director for Telluride Academy, a Colorado non-profit youth enrichment and adventure organization. He now shares his passion for play and exploration with nearly 800 students annually and takes pride in creating future ambassadors for those committed to working hard but playing harder.

Kathrine Warren -

A Colorado native and award-winning journalist, Kathrine attended The University of Colorado’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Boulder and has worked for The Durango Herald, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, KBCO-FM, Huffington Post Denver, the Telluride Daily Planet and now she is the PR/Marketing Director for the Sheridan Arts Foundation.


Zach Nunn -

Zach Nunn is a 10th grade Telluride High School student, who lives with his mom Debra, his dad Randy, his sister Skyler, and his dog Dakota, a three-year-old golden doodle who is very lovable and friendly. This year Zach is living abroad in Megeve, France which is very similar to Telluride: the town lies high in the Alps Mountains (not as high as Telluride though) and is home to about 3,000 people. Skiing moguls with the Megeve Ski Team, immersing himself in a new culture, and learning a new language is what brings Zach to Megeve. In Megeve, Zach is living with his host family of five: Alain and Cathy Cabrol and their kids Clement, Camille and Nicholas.  (Clemente is coming to ski moguls in Telluride this winter with the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club.) Zach is very excited about having an awesome year in Megeve and lots of adventures in France. He will be posting regularly on Telluride Inside… and Out about his experiences.

Barclay Daryani -

Barclay Daryani  grew up on Caretaker Farm, near Williamstown, Ma. Today she and husband Tony own and operate Indian Ridge Farm & Bakery, a CSA property 10 years in existence that feeds over 65 householdsnutritionally dense, deliciously organic food. The bakery cranks out whole grain and organic goodies as well as its famously addictive granola and is open year ’round. A Yale University graduate, Barclay has lived in the Telluride region since 1985. Her interests include art, reading, hiking and skiing. In support of Indian Ridge, she will be contributing recipes (and stories) on a regular basis to Telluride Inside… and Out.

Bill Masters -

Bill Masters has been the Sheriff of San Miguel County for over 30 years and a peace officer in Telluride since 1975, He is a publish author (“Drug War Addiction, 2001”) , an expert skier, an emergency medical technician  and the principal of  Masters Company a security firm specializing in the protection of high profile, high net-worth clients and a partner in The Alarm Company of Telluride. Bill has a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice and has attended over four dozen police and executive protection training seminars. He and his wife Jill live on Main Street in Telluride.

Mark D. Varien -

Mark D. Varien currently serves as the Research and Education Chair at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado. Crow Canyon is an internationally renowned institute whose mission is to increase knowledge of the human experience through archaeological research, education programs, and collaboration with American Indians. Mark received his B. A. in Archaeological Studies (1976) and his M. A. in Anthropology (1984) from the University of Texas at Austin, and he was awarded a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University (1997).Mark has conducted archaeology throughout the western United States, in Central America, and in the South Pacific. His primary area of research is the Mesa Verde region of the southwestern United States. Mark’s Ph.D. dissertation on Mesa Verde region settlement patterns was awarded the Society of American Archaeology’s 1998 Best Dissertation Award, and a revised version was published as a book, “Sedentism and Mobility in a Social Landscape” (1999, University of Arizona Press). Mark’s research interests include household and community organization, migration studies, the formation of cultural landscapes, human impact on the environment, social theory, archaeology and public education, and American Indian involvement in archaeology.

Elisabeth Gick -

Good fortune brought Elisabeth to Telluride on a sunny September afternoon in 1979. She has made it her home since then. Last year she sold her business of 20 years, Outer Spaces Landscaping, to have more time for her passions: travel, learning, helping out…Over the course of her 30+ years in Telluride Elisabeth has worked for Mountainfilm, ran the the Out Loud Lecture Series for several years, brought the Beaming Bioneers Conference to Telluride, started the Tibet Fund at the Telluride Institute, was/is a board member of Sheep Mountain Alliance, the Ah Haa School and the Telluride Institute. She raised her two fabulous kids here – with the help of the “village.” At TIO Elisabeth will share travel stories, mostly from the Tibetan Buddhist areas of Asia, sometimes from her native Germany.

Jerry Roberts -

In his youth, Jerry left home in his old man’s pickup on a long road trip “in search of the American Dream.”  It was the beginning of a new life (post-Beat/pre-hippie) but, more accurately, he drove head-on into the counterculture and had a pretty smooth ride all the way in.

After some digging we’ve found that Jerry has been in the snow/avalanche/guiding business for 40 yrs. and after “worrying for a living” forecasting and mitigating avalanches on Red Mountain Pass, Colorado and in the Chilean Andes, it was time for him to wander a different trail.  Jonathan Thompson, editor at High Country News while accompanying Mr. Roberts on an avalanche control mission referred to him as a “Zen Redneck.” We’re not sure what that means so you would have to ask Mr. Thompson.

For access to a warehouse of cultural, social, environmental digressions, a haiku or just the need to wander a bit, go to The Rōbert Report (pron: Rō’bear Re’por).

Bill Kight -

Bill Kight is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, the Durango Blues Train, and SBG Productions.  Bill gained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona and has resided in Maryland, Tucson, and nine years in beautiful Telluride, Colorado.

Kristin Holbrook -

As a kid growing up in New Jersey, Kristin ventured to the big city for Broadway, MOMA and Saks.  After graduating from the University of Virginia, Kristin pursued a dream to move west and teach skiing in Vail, CO. Her future husband led her to Telluride, where she opened Two Skirts, a designer dress shop in 2001.  When not selling beautiful clothes or writing about them, Kristin tries to be a stylish wife and mother of two boys.

Ivar Zeile -

Ivar Zeile is the owner and director of Plus Gallery, Denver’s most reputable progressive contemporary art gallery operating independently since 2001.  Zeile’s community involvement with the arts includes having served as a member of the Denver Mayor’s Commission on Cultural Affairs as well as a board member for PlatteForum, Redline and the Denver Art Museum’s DAM Contemporaries. He is also the current creative director for the Denver Theater District.  Zeile lives in downtown Denver with his wife Karen and son Udo.

Lise Waring -

Lise Waring called Telluride home for over a quarter of a century, until she abruptly moved to San Francisco, California, in 2009. Her ties with Telluride still run deep, but she’s enjoying being a country girl in the city. She works as a communications strategist, and you’ll now find her on a sand volleyball court or a bike more often than a ski slope. To learn more about Lise, visit http://www.lisewaring.com.


Lisa Barlow -

Lisa Barlow is a writer and photographer who divides her time between New York, Telluride and  San Pancho, Mexico. An enthusiastic omnivore, she specializes in stories about food.


Barbara Brattin -

Barbara Brattin was first inspired to become a librarian when her first grade teacher walled off a part of the classroom to create her own room of books. As an undergraduate history major, she spent the majority of her free time in the bowels of the university library, the place old newspapers went to die. While blowing off the dust in the stacks, she decided to pursue a master’s degree in library science. After years working in both Ohio and Illinois libraries, Barb joined the Wilkinson Public Library in 2005 as Library Director.  Under her leadership, the Library has won the 5-Star designation 4 years in a row.

Ryan Wilson -

Ryan Wilson has worked for over a decade as a teacher, filmmaker, copywriter, and historian. His study of revolutionary culture in El Salvador was published in both Spanish and English. Ryan continues to seek opportunities to communicate issues of social justice through various mediums including film, classroom instruction and the written word.  Ryan Wilson holds a B.S. In Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Masters of Arts in History and a Masters of Secondary Education from Northern Arizona University.  Currently, Ryan is the marketing coordinator for the Wilkinson Public Library where he shares the vision of making information and education accessible to everyone in the Telluride community.

Werner Catsman -

Born and raised on the San Miguel River, Werner Catsman continues to call Telluride’s dead end canyon home.  Having managed the Scott Fly Rod Company for 10 years, he had a long and distinguished career in the fly fishing industry.  In 2006 he co-founded Finbro Construction and switched from building fly rods to building custom homes and condominium projects.  An avid writer, with articles published in Fly Tyer, Telluride Magazine and a chapter in the recently published book, Why Liberty, Werner is thrilled to share his adventures once a month with Telluride Inside and out.

Billy Mason -

Billy Mason is an environmental studies instructor, writer, and project coordinator who concentrates on climate change planning. He is an alumnus of the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the Clinton Global Initiative University, a former researcher for the Aspen Global Change Institute, a Climate Reality Project Leader, and former science instructor at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center. As an accomplished mountaineer, aviator, and surfer, he has a personal connection with nature’s elements and a diversity of cultures.

Anna Zivian -

Anna Zivian is currently Senior Manager of the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning program at Ocean Conservancy, working on successful implementation of the United States National Ocean Policy through regional ocean use planning. At Ocean Conservancy, she has also addressed transgenic aquaculture policy and aquaculture labeling. In addition to her work on ocean policy, Anna’s past research looks at the intersection of environmental policy, science, and society, and, in particular, issues of democracy and public participation in science. Her dissertation focused on the role of subnational government in regulating genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Europe and the United States. Anna comes by her interest in subnational government organically, having been an elected official in Telluride for ten years. She was elected to the Telluride Town Council from 1990 to 1992, then to two consecutive terms as San Miguel County Commissioner from 1993 to 2001. Anna earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies in 2011 from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her undergraduate studies were in Russian and Soviet Studies at Harvard University, where she earned her B.A. in 1988.

Anna, who lived either part-time or full-time in Telluride from 1974 to 2003, makes it back a few times a year to ski, hike, and visit her friends, her parents, and her parents’ amazing dog, Mitzi.

Mark Stevens -

Mark Stevens was raised in Massachusetts. He’s been a Coloradoan since 1980. He’s a print reporter, national news television producer and school district communicator. He’s now working in the new economy and listed under “s” for self-employed. Stevens has published two Colorado-based mysteries, Antler Dust (2007) and Buried by the Roan (2011). The third book in the Allison Coil Mystery Series is under production and tentatively slated for release in 2013. For more about Mark, check out his website.

Brian Eyster -

Brian Eyster is the Director of Communications for Planet Bluegrass, producers of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival as well as the RockyGrass and Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, CO.  A life-long musician and music obsessive, Brian worked as a software engineer for 10 years before joining Planet Bluegrass in 2005.


Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer -

Lifelover Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer lives in Southwest Colorado, where she is Poet Laureate emeritus of San Miguel County. She teaches poetry for Think 360, The Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado, Ah Haa School for the Arts, and Camp Coca Cola. Her poetry has appeared in O Magazine and on A Prairie Home Companion. Her poetry collections include The Miracle Already Happening: Everyday life with Rumi, Intimate Landscape, Holding Three Things at Once (Colorado Book Award finalist) and If You Listen. She performs with Telluride’s seven-woman a cappella group, Heartbeat, and sings nightly for her two children, Finn and Vivian. She and her husband, Eric, own a 75-acre organic fruit farm, where she learns the art of letting go. Favorite three-word mantra: I am learning. Favorite one-word mantra: Adjust. For more about Rosemerry, visit her WordWoman Website.

David Feela -

David Feela, recently retired from a 27-year teaching gig, was a “Colorado Voice” for the Denver Post. He worked for over a decade as a contributing editor and columnist at Inside/Outside Southwest magazine and now contributes occasional pieces to High Country News’s “Writers on the Range”, as well as a monthly piece for the Four Corners Free Press and the Durango Telegraph. David’s first full-length book of poetry, The Home Atlas, was released in 2009 through WordTech.  A book of his essays, How Delicate These Arches: Footnotes From the Four Corners (Raven’s Eye Press) is now available.

Dr. Paul Hokemeyer -

Part-time Telluride local  Dr. Paul Hokemeyer is a nationally recognized expert on Eastern philosophies, relationships, and emotional healing. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, he holds a PhD in psychology, as well as a doctorate in the law. A part-time Telluride resident, Dr. Hokemeyer is based in the New York City office of the Caron Treatment Center. He is also a weekly contributor to “The Dr. Oz Show,” CNN’s “Headline News,” and other media outlets, including “Good Morning America,” “truTV,” and “Oprah Radio.” His new column, Shrink Rap, is scheduled to appear at least bi-monthy every Thursday on Telluride Inside… and Out.

Victoria Crawford & Robyn Shaw of Tweed -

Victoria Crawford and Robyn Shaw, both longtime locals, are the dynamic duo behind Tweed Interiors, in the business of beautifying homes in the Telluride region since 2007, remodels and new constructions. Crawford originally hails from Vermont, where she received a B.A.  in Studio Art from Middlebury College. Her artistic background  has proved instrumental in the success of her design house. Shaw, originally from the Boston area, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She left Telluride briefly to pursue a career in interior design in New York, while working for the Swiss furniture company, Vitra. In October 2011, Victoria and Robyn opened the Tweed Interior boutique at 151 South Pine Street in downtown Telluride.