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Laurie Price (BA '81). Lunar Chandelier Press is pleased to announce the publication of Radio at Night: Recent & Selected Works by Laurie Price. Available at &

Mark DuCharme’s (MFA '92) fifth volume of poetry, The Unfinished: Books I–VI, was published this summer by BlazeVOX. Mark will be launching the book by taking part in the &Now Festival of New Writing at the University of Colorado in September. He continues to teach English at Front Range Community College, and recently launched a website,

Sean Murphy (MFA '95), author and longtime Zen meditator, is launching a secular meditation leader certification program this summer through his nonprofit Sage Institute of Taos, NM. The training is aimed at experienced meditation practitioners as well as health professionals, yoga teachers, and leaders from any spiritual tradition who wish to learn to teach meditation. This 200-hour meditation teacher training course can be taken in an intensive six-week program of weekend and evening classes beginning in June 2013 or in separate modules spread out over a year or more. The Sage Institute's Advisory/Honorary Board includes such prominent figures in contemplative practice as Ram Dass, Sharon Salzberg, Natalie Goldberg, and Zen White Plum Asanga President Gerry Shishin Wick. For more info, see

Tom Lonneman-Doroff (MA '98) was recently promoted to associate professor and became chair of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He is also working in private practice, supervising, and consulting.

Shin Yu Pai’s (non-degree '98 and '02) ninth book of poetry, AUX ARCS, was published in July 2013 by La Alameda Press. The book is available from Small Press Distribution.

Natascha Bruckner (MFA '99) and John Chinworth (MFA '99) co-wrote a poetry chapbook, Whiskey Ginger, published in 2013. The book's cover is a unique collage created by their classmate Christopher Luna(MFA ‘99).Whiskey Ginger is available on and at locally owned bookstores in Boulder, Santa Cruz, and Seattle.

Carmen Cool (MA '01) received the Excellence in Eating Disorder Advocacy Award from the Eating Disorder Coalition in Washington, D.C. Read more about Carmen’s work.

Vancouver Draw Down
Laughing in Black and White, West End, Vancouver Draw Down 2013.
A small photograph is transformed into a giant collaborative drawing when every
participant enlarges one tiny square as a unique drawing.
Uryel Cho (BA '03) just finished an exciting public drawing project, Vancouver Draw Down 2013. Uryel says, “I used a knowledge I practiced at a drawing class with our noble Prof. Robert Spellman in the Visual Arts program. The collaborative piece was completed by walk-in participants from the public, and it came out fantastic!” Uryel was accepted to the University of Arts in London, UK, and will be completing a PhD for painting and research in medieval and Christian art in Budapest, Hungary, in a few years. Uryel is also publishing a book with many other contemporary artists in November called International Contemporary Artists, volume VII.


Kathleen Kendrick (MA '03) left in May for Mongolia with the Peace Corps. Kathleen says, “I'll be teaching English to secondary school students. My assignment is from May 2013 to June 2015. You can publish this email address if you like, or for those who might wish to follow my blog, they will find it at:”

Catherine (Katie) Mary McHugh Garay (MA '03). With joy, Katie married Javier Garay in May 2012. In May 2013 she earned her PhD in clinical psychology: depth psychology emphasis, from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her dissertation was "Follow Your Heart: An Exploration of the Somatic Knowing of One's Calling."

Rebecca Strong (MA '03) has been teaching a human development class called Movement as Medicine. It combines yoga, dance, and contemplative practices that encourage mindfulness and compassionate connection. Rebecca also started a nonprofit project called The Embodied Cosmology Project.

Ry Moore (MA '04) recently graduated from Upaya Institute's Chaplaincy Training Program. He is the treatment manager for the Elements Program, serving high-risk incarcerated youth on the North Oregon Coast. This innovative program is based on the Five Wisdom Energies of Tibetan Buddhist Psychology.

Elizabeth Guthrie (MFA '05) is finishing her practice-based PhD in poetics at the University of East London (is ABD, “all but dissertation”). She is teaching composition at the New York City College of Technology as well as continuing to practice in mindful poetics.

John Sakkis's (MFA '06) manuscript, The Islands, will be published by Nightboat Books in 2014. He was a 2013 James D. Pheelan Poetry award nominee (The San Francisco Foundation). A new book of Demosthenes Agrafiotis translations, now 1/3 and thepoem, was published by BlazeVOX Books in 2012.

Zachary Azeez (BA '07) has recently launched the world's first chia energy mix at Wholefoods Market. Zach's all-natural product is being hailed as the first meaningful innovation in the energy bar space since the Clif Bar. See

Faith Halverson-Ramos (MA '07) received her LPC in July. She provides music psychotherapy services throughout Boulder County and the Metro Denver area.

Tressa Nolan (MA '07) has been hired as an adjunct instructor at Penn Highlands Community College and is very excited to be teaching religious studies in a college.

Max Gibson (BA '08) is keeping his interdisciplinary studies going! He graduated from CU-Denver with a Master of Public Health and a Master of Urban & Regional Planning. He married his partner of six years, Emily Powers, this summer.

Laura Bakes-Gleissner (MA '09) is currently teaching at Adams City High School in Commerce City. She teaches world religions as an elective and looks forward to bringing contemplative practices into the classroom. In addition, she teaches world history and coaches girls’ soccer. Most of her students are low-income Latino students who often are victims of institutional racism, and they work daily to build relationships and to empower them to be successful, tolerant, and open to new academic challenges.


Jessie Huffaker (BA '11) recently co-created and launched a community website for Boulder county, The site is a free online meeting place featuring handmade goods, services, and skills offered by local people, with the intention of empowering individually driven commerce in our regional community.