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Couch, Julianne

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Comments from the author about writing:I write mostly non-fiction as a way to learn about the place that surrounds me. I spent 20 years as a writer of the West, based in Laramie, Wyoming. In summer 2011 my husband and I moved to Bellevue, Iowa. I was drawn to write about water rather than its absence, among other things. Most of my work now is environmental journalism. My forthcoming book is a travel narrative about my visits to nine sites of electrical power production across the U.S. I am currently examining possibilities for projects in or about northeast Iowa. In addition to being a freelance writer and editor, I have taught various genres of writing for the University of Wyoming Department of English since 1998.

Literary awards received and date received:

  • 2012 Fellowship with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources to visit urban watersheds in Wisconsin
  • 2010 Awarded creative writing residency at Ucross Foundation, Ucross, Wyomimg

  • 2009 Awarded sabbatical for fall semester for energy book research

  • 2009, 2010 Member of Wyoming Arts Council “Artists Roster” (juried selection)

  • Spring 2009 Wyoming Arts Council Independent Artist Development Grant for creative writing

Book Types: Nonfiction

Audience Types: Adult

Genre: Essays

Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes

If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? No

Mailing Address: 609 N. Second St., Bellevue, Iowa 52031

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County: Jackson

Books By This Author

  • Traveling the Power Line: From the Mojave Desert to the Bay of Fundy, University of Nebraska Press, 2013.

  • Jukeboxes & Jackalopes: A Photographic Companion to Wyoming Bars and Backways, Wyoming State Historical Society, 2009.

  • Jukeboxes & Jackalopes: A Wyoming Bar Journey, Pronghorn Press, Greybull, Wyoming, 2007.

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