Grand County Rough-Writers INK pen new edition |

Grand County Rough-Writers INK pen new edition

Cyndi McCoycmccoy@skyhidailynews.comGrand County, Colorado
Vera Shay watercolor MikeThis watercolor by Vera Shay graces the cover of the newest edition of Rough-Writers INK magazine. It is of her now-grown son Mike, who was a competitive dirt bike racer since the age of 10, on Mulberry Hill. The artist, who has lived in Kremmling since 1945, is also a contributing writer for the group.

The wild landscape and colorful community of Grand County is a constant inspiration to artists in the area, especially painters and writers. With a plethora of stimuli to chronicle year-round, Rough-Writers, INK releases its newest edition, volume 5, issue 2.The magazine is a collection exploring the literary landscapes of the Middle Park and Fraser Valley. Its pages contain a distinct blend of creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry and artwork by some of the countys most creative personalities.Highlights in the newest edition include poetry by Vera Shay of Kremmling, stories and art by Carol Schroer of Hot Sulphur Springs, childhood memories by Grace Hammond of Fraser, an acrylic painting by Fran Cassidy of Tabernash, and a tribute to the late Inell Harvey by Kathy and Mike Sparacino.On its cover is Mike, a colorful oil painting of a dirt biker splashing across the water by Shay. Other contributors include Rynda Parrott of Kremmling, Judy Schroedl of Fraser, Kristen Lodge of Granby, Carol Wilson of Kremmling, and Paula Lee McMains of Henderson, Nev.The magazine is the culmination of writing support and discussion groups that have met regularly since the groups inception. The magazine is volunteer-produced, and about 800 copies are distributed early winter and summer as a combined effort.More than 80 subscribers from around the nation have caught on to the creative publication, launched in 2003. While Chris Tracy, editor and publisher, was teaching about the subject of how to get published, the idea came to her to start a magazine to provide a forum for the many local writers and artists.It had been a dream of hers to publish a magazine, and since all of us were trying to pin down goals and dreams with our writing, I decided that would be my contribution to the group, she said.Rough-Writers INK describes the group pretty well, Tracy adds, because it is based out of Western towns, and many of the writers are just starting out rough. Several participants have even been published as a result of the work. Were absolutely thrilled that we can share our own creativity in such a worthwhile and fun way, Tracy said.Many of the subscribers were once guests who just passed through Grand County. They and other visitors are able to pick up the magazine at shops throughout the county.Proceeds from the magazine fund scholarships for college-bound Grand County students pursuing the creative arts. So far the organization has awarded more than $2,500 in scholarships to students. Cori Anderson, Middle Park High School graduate going on to earn an English degree, was the 2008 recipient.All resident writers and artists are welcome to submit their work for consideration. Those who subscribe are also welcome to contribute. For a copy of the guidelines, e-mail Tracy at who like to write are encouraged to check out one of the many support groups. Writers from the west end of the county meet at Big Shooter Coffee in Kremmling, the Fraser Monday Morning Creative Writers meet at the Fraser Library, and those in Granby meet at the Granby Library.

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