Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1987
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1979
College Teaching Experience
Western Wyoming Community College, Rock Springs. WY. Jan. 1987-present
Current positions: Associate Professor of English and Philosophy; Director of Honors Program
Classes taught include: Poetry Writing, Publishing Your Work, Technical Writing, English Composition, Comparative Religions, Introduction to Ethics, Introduction to Humanities
Readings, Workshops, Arts Advocacy (partial list)
Note: For descriptions of particular workshops, please see RickKempa.com
Judge, Prescott College Student Nonfiction Contest, 2017.
Workshop Leader and Panelist, Pen & Ink Writer’s Conference, April 2016, Rawlins, Wyoming.
Workshop Leader, Grand Teton National Park Artists in the Park Program,July 2015.
Facilitator for numerous readings in the Colorado Plateau region and beyond, in support of the anthologies On Foot: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories (Vishnu Temple Press 2014) and Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015), 2014-present.
WyoPoets Annual Conference featured presenter, April 2015, Casper, Wyoming
Casper Wyoming Summer Arts Celebration presenter, July 2015
Panelist and workshop presenter, WyoWriters Annual Conference, Laramie, June 2013.
Creative writing facilitator, Buffalo Wyoming High School, Johnson County School District, May 2013
Workshop leader,Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival in Carbondale, CO, April 2013
Presenter and judge, Wyoming Poetry Out Loud competition, Cheyenne, March 2013.
Presenter at Detroit’s “Day of Poetry” Celebration, Macomb Community College and Lawrence Technological University, Detroit, MI, October 2012.
Writing workshop leaderin libraries, colleges, and public schools (all levels) on a periodic on-going basis, including nine communities in Utah and Wyoming as part of the “Tumblewords: Writers Rolling Around theWest” program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Presenter of poems and essays at numerous public events in the West. Recent readings include the Wyoming communities of Evanston, Green River, Rock Springs, and Laramie and Grand Junction, Colorado (all in 2013); Hubbell Trading Post (July 2011), Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO (June 2009), Wyoming Literary Arts Festival, Casper, WY (September 2008).
Presenter of public programs,“Beneath the Rim: Stories and Pictures from the Grand Canyon,” at public libraries in Ann Arbor, MI, Norwalk, CT, Moab, UT, Rock Springs and Green River, WY, 2011-2012, and at Grand Canyon National Park South Rim (2010,2013) and North Rim (2013).
Organizer of Visiting Writers Series at Western Wyoming College, 2009-2016. Featured writers in the 2012-13 academic year were Wyoming adventure writer Mark Jenkins, Montana novelist and memoirist Mary Clearman Blue, Detroit poet M.L. Liebler, Colorado poet Aaron Abeyta, Flagstaff river guide and author Tom Martin, and Salt Lake City author Bill Betenson.
Humanities scholar and discussion leader for Wyoming Council for the Humanities book discussion groups in various communities around the state: 1999-present.
JudgeWyoming Writers, Inc., Young Authors, Poetry Out Loud, and other contests, 1997-present.
Board member, Sweetwater County Library System,2009-2015.
Recent Residencies, Awards and Honors (partial list)
Winner, 2017 Alligator Juniper Nonfiction Prize, for essay “Alms for the Birds” (Prescott College, AZ).
Finalist, 2016 Barry Lopez Creative Nonfiction Contest, for essay “What the Feet Find Out,” (Cutthroat Journal).
Artist-in-Residence, Grand Canyon National Park North Rim, Summer 2013.
Artist-in-Residence, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Ganado, AZ, July 2011.
Artist-in-Residence, Grand Canyon National Park South Rim, August 2010.
Participant,National Endowment for the Humanities seminar, “Concord, Massachusetts: Feminists, Utopians, and Social Reform in the Age of Emerson and Thoreau,” Concord, MA, July 2012.
“Count This with the Miracles of Childhood,” Xanadu (Huntington, NY)
“Lying on a Public Lawn,” “The Emergency,” Edge (Lake Tahoe, NV)
“What’s Truly Yours,” “The Why Poem,” The J Journal (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York)
“At Ribbon Falls,” “Eating My Hands,” Pilgrimage (Crestone, CO)
“The Rudeness,” Bellevue Literary Review (Langone Medical Center, New York University, NY)
“Prayer for My Mother” Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University)
“Don’t Go Back to Sleep” Your Turn: Stories of Renewal.Chrysalis (Swedenborg Foundation, Dillwyn, VA)
“History of My Water Bottle, June 21, 1987,” Tonopah Review (online)
“Nothing Dies Here,” Hope Whispers (Whispering Angel Books, Burbank, CA)
“Once, My Students and I Were Laughing” Teaching English in the Two-Year College (Urbana, IL)
“Minions,” “Passing It On,” Out of Line (Trenton, Ohio)
“Handouts,” “Barry’s Free Verse,” Two Review (Anchorage, Alaska)
“Friday, 4 P.M.,” “The Calling,” “Be Like This Gourd,” “The Student from Hell,” “I Wish for Us,” “Room to Grow,” “A Circle of Family,” “Poem for Bruce,” “To Know the Trail,” Bellowing Ark (Shoreline, WA)
“For a Librarian: In Memory of Robert Kalabas,” Outrider (Cheyenne, WY)
“At Spirit Lake,” Breaking Through to Other Worlds (Swedenborg Foundation, Dillwyn, VA)
“Inheritance,” “Two Men on an Island” Matter (Ft. Collins, CO)
“Twice a Day, Infinity” “I Give Up My Claim,” Red Rock Review (Community College of Southern Nevada)
“What’s Truly Yours,” Haight Ashbury Journal (San Francisco, CA)
Essays in Journals and Anthologies (partial list)
“Alms for the Birds,” Alligator Juniper (Prescott College), 2017
“Lost Fathers,” Santa Fe Literary Review, 2017
“Urban Heights,” Under One Sun (Lincoln University)2017
“Intimate Strangers,” New Madrid Review (Murray State University), 2017
“Tale of a Tent,” Watershed Review (Chico State University), 2017
“Thirst and Water” (excerpts), Manifest West: Serenity and Severity (Gunnison: Western Press) 2016
“Bob’s Hat,” Pinyon (Mesa State University, Grand Junction, CO) 2016
“Honing the Edge,” Blue Lyra Review, 2015
“Change for a Ten,” Little Patuxent Review (Columbia, MD) 2015
“On Static Peak,” Watershed Review (Chico State University), 2015
“Eddie and Me,” BioStories Magazine, 2015
“Harvesting the Stones,” Los Angeles Review (Los Angeles, CA) 2015
“Continental Divide,” Los Angeles Review (Los Angeles, CA) 2013
“Claim Your Due: A Backpacker’s View of River-Runners,” Camas (University of Montana, Missoula) 2011
“She Waits for Me Each Morning,” What's Nature Got to Do with Me? (Native West Press, Prescott, AZ) 2011
“Return to Point Sublime,” Imaginaton and Place: Ownership (Imagination and Place Press, Kansas City) 2010
“Not At All Like Despair,” Los Angeles Review (Los Angeles, CA) 2010
“It’s Cold, He’s Laughing, He’s Oh So Warm,” Cream City Review (University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee) 2010