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Barbara Ford, Poncha Springs poet and author of ‘Once Familiar’
Hosts weekly radio show, ‘Poets and Minstrels’, on KHEN, 106.9 FM in Salida, which live streams on Thursdays, 5-6 PM, Mountain Time. ‘Poets and Minstrels’ is also available in the temporary KHEN archives. The two most recent shows are archived, accessible by going to the website: khen.org; click on ‘Shows’; scroll down to ‘Daily Archived Shows’ and click; a calendar will appear, click on Thursday; click on ‘Poets and Minstrels’ from the list to the left of calendar. ‘Poets and Minstrels’ has aired for over eleven years.
Award-winning writer of novel-length fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction, screenplay, and poetry. He has worked as professional editor for the International Freelance Writers Organization in Quebec, Canada, and Education Editor for The Good Men Project. He functions as competitive fiction judge for several regional writers’ organizations, Writer-in-Residence with Colorado Humanities’ “Writers in the Schools” program, adjunct faculty in creative writing at Front Range Community College, and his screenplays have been considered by some of the thoroughbreds in the film industry (James Cameron, Barry Sonnenfeld, Jim Carrey, Ryan Reynolds, James Franco). His writing has appeared in The Bark, New York Magazine, Over the Edge, Babel, in the fiction anthologies Pull the Trigger and Darker Times (UK), and in the non-fiction anthology, Aging: An Apprenticeship. He is currently Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Centre for Writing.
“My book Lars and Martha Larson from Valdres Valley, Norway, to Vernon County, Wisconsin was recognized with an “Award of Excellence” from The Heart of America Genealogical Society and Library, Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri. It also received the award “First in the State” from the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin State Genealogical Society.
“More recently it was chosen as a reference by Dr. John Philip Colletta in his lecture series for The Great Courses. He also uses it in his conference lectures across the country.
“Numerous first person interviews, countless photos, more than 2000 end notes, maps, newspaper clippings, and extensive index are worth more than just a genealogy designation. The story of why and how the emigrant couple left Norway and what the accommodations were while crossing the Atlantic and traveling to Wisconsin is worth reading. It is a family history with emphasis on history.”