Oct 3–6, 2019, 6:00 pm



Southeast Region


Boulder Community Center
351 North 100 West
Boulder , UT 84716-1329
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The Boulder Cliff Notes Writing Conference is one of the best little writing conferences in the west taught by some of the top writers in the nation. This year we are excited to announce that the 1995-1997 US Poet Laureate, Robert Hass will join us. Utah’s 1st Poet Laureate, David Lee will make his usual appearance and contributions. Our third writer is local favorite from over the mountain, Chip Ward.

Don’t forget to make room reservations as soon as possible. This is a busy and beautiful time in Boulder and rooms are limited. Pole’s Place (435-335-7422) holds rooms for the conference but you must tell Camille you are part of the conference to get a room.

Robert Hass' books of poetry include The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems (Ecco Press, 2010); Time and Materials (2007), which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; Sun Under Wood: New Poems (Ecco Press, 1996), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Human Wishes (Ecco Press, 1989); Praise (Ecco Press, 1979), which won the William Carlos Williams Award; and Field Guide (Yale University Press, 1973), which was selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets Series. Most recently, he received the 2014 Wallace Stevens Award for proven mastery in the art of poetry by the Academy of American Poets. Hass served as poet laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2001 to 2007. He lives in California with his wife, poet Brenda Hillman, and is Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, Berkeley.

After living for four years in wilderness, CHIP WARD moved to the edge of Utah’s West Desert, an environmental sacrifice zone, where he organized and led several campaigns to make polluters accountable. He co-founded of HEAL Utah and served on the board of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance for several years. Starting as a bookmobile librarian, Ward ended his library career as the Assistant Director of the Salt Lake City Public Library. His books Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West and Hope’s Horizon: Three Visions for Healing the American Land describe his political adventures. He is also the author of the novel Stony Mesa Sagas. He is a regular contributor to Tomdispatch.com and his essays on conservation have appeared widely across the web. An essay about homelessness, “How the Public Library Became the Heartbreak Hotel,” is the inspiration for the movie The Public now in production. As a spokesperson for environmental causes, he has been interviewed by CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC, and more. He lives in Torrey, Utah.

Born in west Texas, David Lee is the author of numerous poetry collections, including The Porcine Legacy (1974), Driving and Drinking (1979), The Porcine Canticles (1984), Wayburne Pig (1997), News from Down to the Café: New Poems (1999), and A Legacy of Shadows: Selected Poems (1999). Lee has been a boxer, pig farmer, seminary student, cotton mill worker, and the only white baseball player for a Negro League team. He received a PhD in literature, with a concentration in the poetry of John Milton, from the University of Utah.

Conference Schedule (Readings are free and open to the public):

Reading by David Lee – Kiva Koffeehouse on Thursday, 10/3 6pm
Participant Introductions – Community Center on Friday, 10/4 9am
Homework Sharing & New Assn. – Community Center on Friday, 10/4 10:30
Workshop by Robert Hass – Community Center on Friday, 10/4 1pm
Reading by Chip Ward – Boulder Mtn. Guest Ranch on Friday, 10/4 6pm
Workshop by Robert Hass – Community Center on Saturday, 10/5 9am
Workshop by Chip Ward – Community Center on Saturday, 10/5 1pm
Reading by Robert Hass – Community Center on Saturday, 10/5 6pm
Workshop by Chip Ward – Community Center on Sunday, 10/6 9am

This event is made possible with support from Boulder Heritage Foundation and Utah Humanities.