Celebrating Peak to Peak Women Authors
Loren Levitt was Born in Houston, TX. She attended a boarding school in Colorado and graduated with a BA in International Relations from Long Island University. After university, Loren lived abroad and worked with various indigenous groups including those in India, Central America and Peru. Loren went on to receive her certification in Addiction Counseling, and later her Masters in Counseling Psychology. Loren currently lives in Colorado with her husband and has a private practice in Life Coaching and Counseling. She is also working on another book dedicated to personal growth and empowered living.
Laura Roettiger is the author of ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON and has enjoyed working with children ever since she was no longer considered a child herself. She was a reading specialist and elementary teacher in Chicago, IL before moving to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where she worked in Environmental Education and as a new teacher mentor for two years at a STEM school. She currently works with third grade classrooms through #KidsNeedMentors, tutors adults in the Boulder Reads program at the Boulder Public Library, and works with BookstoKids, a Colorado based literacy nonprofit. Her superpower is encouraging curiosity in children and letting them know she believes in them. She has three children of her own whose curiosity and creativity led all of them into STEM related professions.
Cindy Weaver is a teacher who has worked in both public and private education for 20 years. She has a Master of Arts in Information and Learning Technologies and a passion for creating websites and working with digital images. She is a lover of the earth. Quiet spaces are where she is most at home. She is a reflector and a thinker. Fantasy, enchantment and imagination are crucial pieces of her life and joy. Her journals occupy an entire shelf in her house. Her current favorites are her “Faery Journal,” and her “Field Journal.
She is the co-owner of Dream Valley Retreats and the author of author of Losing My Breath, From Loss to Transformation
Krista Crabtree’s background is an amalgamation of writing, skiing, teaching and event organizing. She has a BA from Bates College (English, Creative Writing) and MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado. She has been an editor at SKI Magazine, Peaks Magazine and Onthesnow.com. Currently, Krista freelances for publications such as SKI Magazine and Outside Magazine, as well as numerous trade publications and websites. She also runs women’s ski programs, coaches for two ski racing teams and enjoys skiing with her husband and daughter.
Karen Auvinen is an award-winning poet, mountain woman, life-long westerner, writer, and the author of the memoir Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living (Scribner 2018), chosen as a Top 10 Book of June 2018 by The Christian Science Monitor and also a finalist for the Colorado Book Award and the Willa Award.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, LitHub, Real Simple, Westword, as well as numerous literary journals. Karen earned an MA in poetry from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D in fiction from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and presently teaches writing workshops at Lighthouse North and film, pop culture, and storytelling to first-years at CU – Boulder. Past gigs include Writer-in-Residence for the State of Colorado, editor, book-buyer, rural postal route driver, caterer, clinic assistant, landscaper, summer camp director, and guest chef. She lives outside of Rollinsville with the artist Greg Marquez (www.artquez.com), their dog River, and Dottie the Cat.
Jane was brought up in a prudish little suburb of Chicago until she was eleven then she moved with her parents and brother to Fraser, Colorado which was at that time a copper-mining town sinking into oblivion. The change was startling and she found friendships easier with dogs than with people.
With her husband, film artist Stan Brakhage they traveled back and forth across America for seven years, and then settled in Lump Gulch at nine thousand feet where they lived for twenty-three years with five children and a yard full of animals, her sanity and delight.
When he left, the five children were grown and on their own. She sold the house and the animals and drove back and forth across America for nearly three years, looking for a life, finding that the world is big, finally settling in a tiny cabin with no amenities at ten thousand feet altitude where she lived alone for ten years. During this time she played and thought and hiked, enjoyed amateur radio, chopped wood and carried water, wrote a book which seems to be unpublishable, and pulled together and published seven books of short stories.