LCCC instructor and award-winning writer Kristin Abraham’s first full-length book of poetry has just been published.
Abraham, who teaches composition and creative writing at Laramie County Community College, is the author of the newly published book of poetry, "The Disappearing Cowboy Trick" (Horse Less Press). While she has been published previously, this is her first full-length book of poetry.
The journey for Abraham and the book was years in the making.
“The poems in The Disappearing Cowboy Trick are part of a nearly 10-year effort to explore cowboy language and lifestyle,” she said. “While writing the poems, I also became interested in Depression-era magicians and the carnival lifestyle as well as Mormon beliefs and practices. Each of these topics found its way into many of the poems in the book.”
Abraham earned a Master of Fine Arts in poetry writing from West Virginia University. She then served an assistant professor at private college in Michigan, and later at a university in Iowa.
Then, following a summer writing residency at Ucross in northern Wyoming, Abraham fell in love with the state and actively sought a teaching position in the high plains.
“To put it plainly, I chose LCCC because I wanted to teach in a place where my colleagues and I are collaboratively and respectfully working toward the same goal: the students.”
Previously, Abraham published two poetry chapbooks: Little Red Riding Hood Missed the Bus (Subito Press, 2008) and Orange Reminds You of Listening (Elixir Press, 2006). Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Best New Poets 2005, American Letters & Commentary, Columbia Poetry Review, and LIT, among others.
The Disappearing Cowboy Trick is available for sale at the LCCC Bookstore, as well as online.