Meet Our Board:
Linda Hazen has been president for a number of years. Her life in her own words: “I’m a true native of this magical valley and grew up on a cattle ranch just north of Kelly, Wyoming. The passion for writing hit me when I was in my mid-forties, after attending my first Jackson Hole Writers Conference. I found others who share my passion. I currently serve Jackson Hole Writers in many different capacities during the annual Jackson Hole Writers Conference, as well as facilitate writing workshops and a bi-monthly writers critique group during the entire year. It’s a delight to bring people together from all aspects of life who love to tell stories!”
Macye Lavinder Maher is the author of Fireworks and Fertility, a thrilling tale of seduction, science, and sabotage. In her debut novel, Macye has created a complex work that brilliantly weaves together intrigue and emotion as it explores questions about family, love, and life. Macye is an owner of Live Water Properties, a brokerage firm that specializes in hunting, ranching, fly fishing, and conservation properties.Originally from Roanoke, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Macye earned a BS degree from the University of Virginia. She loves the outdoors and enjoys fly fishing for trout on the South Fork of the Snake River, tram skiing at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and traveling the world with her husband and three children.
JHW Secretary Susan Marsh lives in Jackson, Wyoming. With degrees in geology and landscape architecture and a lifelong interest in creative writing, she has combined her interests into a body of work that explores the relationship of humans to the wild. Her work has appeared in journals that include Orion, North American Review, and Fourth Genre, and in many anthologies. Her books include War Creek, winner of the 2014-15 May Sarton Prize, A Hunger for High Country, Cache Creek: A Trailside Guide to Jackson Hole’s Backyard Wilderness, and Saving Wyoming’s Hoback, winner of the 2016 Wallace Stegner Prize. Read more.
Board Member Traci McClintic has written a number of articles for travel and outdoor magazines and is a contributor to Feast, Planet Jackson Hole’s bi-weekly food column. She is a passionate supporter of writers, writing, and spreading the word on Jackson Hole Writers throughout our Western communities. When she’s not writing, she is supporting students with special needs and running a catering business.
Patricia Moeller lives in Jackson, Wyoming with her two sons, three dogs, and husband. After earning a Master’s degree in Education, she taught high school chemistry and math for 8 years. Her YA novel, Everything You Ever Wanted, was selected for the 2019 Michelle Begley Mentor Program Award through the Rocky Mountain Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Patricia attended the Boni Breakout Novel Intensive workshop with Donald Maass in 2018 and is a regular attendee at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference and her local YA writers’ group.
Brian Nystrom grew up in Iowa and has lived in Jackson Hole since 1980. He has three grown children, Adam, Jack, and Lucy, who are the light of his life. An avid bicyclist and skier, he has also always harbored a penchant for words. After a lifetime of work in the construction industry, he was ordained a priest in December of 2016 and now enjoys weaving storytelling into his sermons.
Nanci Turner Steveson serves as JHW vice president for the second year. Her first two novels, Swing Sideways and Georgia Rules (HarperCollins 2016/2017), have achieved starred reviews, state award nominations, and foreign translations. Georgia Rules was named A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of 2018 with Outstanding Merit. Her latest novel, Lizzie Flying Solo, was published in April 2019 and was named a “Kirkus Best Book of 2019” and “A Mighty Girl Best of 2019”. A fourth book with HarperCollins, tentatively titled Dog Quixote and the Great American Heist, is due out Fall 2021. Nanci wears many hats, including that of a member OffSquare Theater, an inveterate crocheter, resident faculty for the conference, and a keeper of two dogs, two horses and lots of firewood at a cabin down a long road in Jackson Hole. Read more.