Beyond Academia Free Skool Opening Weekend!

BAFS (2)

I’ll be teaching Introduction to Flash Fiction during the opening weekend and a follow up Sculpting Flash Fiction in Week Two.

Saturday, July 1, 2-5 pm

Boulder Creative Collective
2500 47th St, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Check out the entire lineup here

The Intro Weekend kicks off with:
June 30th, 6:30 on Pearl St. – POETS on PEARL:
Come and Read Richard Brautigan with us!
Hosted by Rob Geisen!

At Boulder Writers Warehouse:
July 1st, 10 am – 2 pm – You Talkin’ to Me!? taught by Clint A Locks
2 pm – 5 pm – Intro to Flash Fiction by Nancy Stohlman (Soft-Prerequisite to Nancy’s Editing Flash Fiction class during Camp)
July 2nd, 10 am – 1pm – Poetry Chop Shop 1 by Marcus If
2 pm – 5 pm – Workshop by Jack Collom
July 3rd, 2 pm – 5 pm – Women’s Voices by Pamela Twining

After the Boulder Intro Weekend, be sure to check out the rest of camp up in Nederland!

Check out the current Summer Poetry Camp Schedule here:



Poetry Party and The Art of Storytelling

I have another double-header with two very different readings lined up for this weekend! I’ll be joined by lots of talent and would love to see you.

Friday, June 23


The Next Lit Fest: Poetry Party Night

10 pm

The Next Lit Fest is a weekend long event
with readings hosted by
Witch Craft Magazine & Sad Spell Press
Spy Kids Review & 2Fast2House
Maudlin House
Tenderness, Yea
Suspect Press
Gesture Press
Find out more at the Facebook event here

Saturday, June 24


The Art of Storytelling

with Elwin Cotwin and Nancy Stohlman

Saturday, June 24
3-5 pm

Prodigy Coffeehouse

3801 E 40th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80205
Art of Storytelling Website

Sunday, June 11th: Jazz Brunch

La Cour June 11


Saturday June 10: “The Writing Life”

Alan Good, et. al (4)


$20 Quick Edit is back!

(After a short hiatus to travel–I’m at my desk and available for quick edits again!)

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June 11: Vintage Jazz Brunch


Sunday, June 11, 2017


La Cour Art Bar

1643 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210


Best known for their popular lounge act Kinky Mink, this duo serves up sultry, swanky jazz classics along with their unique brand of modern and original music.  Inspired by iconic American musical culture in the tradition of Marilyn Monroe and the Rat Pack to The Fabulous Baker Boys and Jessica Rabbit, sparkling elegance and fun is their trademark

Journey to Planet Write: Happy Endings

(This is the final installment of Gay Degani’s wonderful series Journey to Planet Write”, which she has been hosting for 2 years. An excerpt is below; to read the entire article, go here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Journey to Planet Write: Happy Endings

by Nancy Stohlman

I asked Gay Degani if I could have the final slot in Journey to Planet Write series for two reasons—one, because I want to properly thank her on behalf of everyone who has appeared in and enjoyed this series. Gay has done an incredible service to our community and created a space where we can all shine. We are grateful to you, Gay!

But there is a second reason. Exactly one year ago I was scheduled to appear in this column when a drunk driver going 90 mph crossed the median on the highway and made other plans for me.

Instead of my Journey to Planet Write, you got my “Interrupted Journey,” a beautiful tribute that Gay and others put together. It meant a lot to me to feel so loved during that process of shock and recovery and now, one year later, it seemed important to not only bring it all full circle and give you that column that never was, but also to end this Planet Write journey on a note of celebration, healing, and hope.

I was 9 years old, living on a military base in Zaragoza, Spain, when I told my mom I wanted to be an author. I wrote my first creation, “Superman: The Musical”, on my mother’s electric typewriter, loving the clack of the keys and the feeling that I was doing something important. Though I attempted to cast it from my class of fellow fifth graders and rehearse in the carport, the musical (including numbers like Lex Luthor’s “I’ll Rule the World”) never made it to the stage, but my confidence in myself as a creative was born.

That same year I discovered the library, and on Saturdays I would volunteer at the check-out desk, stamping people’s due dates. Being a military family we moved a lot, so books became my friends. Nancy Drew was always waiting for me in every library from Spain to Germany to Omaha. Books were a constant in a world that was constantly changing.

Later, when life got harder, books became a way to disassociate; I could leave my body in the midst of everyday reality, escape family meltdowns and divorces and worlds I didn’t want to be in. In college, I read in the dressing rooms of go-go clubs, getting throughEast of Eden and The Trial while other girls were giving lap dances.

After I dropped out of college, I started traveling the country with the Renaissance Fair, living in a van, putting on a bodice and an English accent to sell turkey legs and pewter goblets. I discovered lyrical songwriters like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and I started journaling regularly with the idea that these were adventures I would want to remember and maybe someday write a book. Sadly most of those journals are gone. But when I eventually got off the road and moved to Denver to finish college, I did so as a writer.

This story is true. But it’s not the whole story.My upbringing taught me two very different things: My military father taught me self-discipline. My artist mother taught me that making art is worthwhile. This combination has enabled to become a rare breed: a disciplined creative.

This story is true. But it’s not the whole story.

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(Photo credit Lynn Hough)


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