When David Romtvedt first moved to Wyoming, his profession as a poet made him immediately suspect. His wife, Margo Brown, an artist and a Wyoming native, talks with David about how he gradually earned the respect of her ranching relatives. Romtvedt served as Poet Laureate of Wyoming from 2003 to 2011.
Colorado native Laura Pritchett is an award-winning author and conservationist whose fiction and nonfiction work is deeply engaged with the American West. Her most recent novel, Red Lightning, was released this summer.
Red Lightning is a story of redemption set in the eastern plains of Colorado and tells the story of Tess Cross, a woman with a dark past who returns home in the midst of the largest wildfire in Colorado history. Pritchett reads from the opening chapter of the novel.
David Romtvedt teaches in the MFA program for writers at the University of Wyoming and served as the state's poet laureate from 2003 to 2011. Today, we’ll hear three of his poems about his daughter.
Sunday Morning Early
My daughter and I paddle red kayaks across the lake. Pulling hard, we slip through the water. Far from either shore, my daughter is a young woman and suddenly everything is a metaphor for how short a time we are granted: