A literary art show and story festival

Want to be a featured ​writer?

Wyoming writers, published or not, we invite you to become a ​Featured Writer of the Bookmarked Literary Arts Festival. We want to ​hear a 10 minute snippet of the story you are most excited to share ​with us. We will feature you on our state-wide marketing including ​social, website, and print. You will have the opportunity to sell your ​work at the book fair, participate in a literary art project, and have ​lunch on us.

Wyoming readers, lovers of all kinds of stories from mystery to sci-fi ​to memoir to poetry, we write stories for them to be read, heard, and ​loved. Come find your new favorite writer that you didn’t know was ​your Wyoming neighbor!

An origin story

The Bookmarked Literary Arts Festival began in 2020 when a ​Wyoming author approached a Lander librarian looking for help ​launching her book. A book that WASN’T about cowboys. A ​book that explored the SHARED WYOMING EXPERIENCE. The ​Wyoming experience that is MORE THAN, but also includes, the ​Wild West. The library didn’t have a system for helping connect ​local authors to local readers and as a writer herself, that ​librarian began to wonder what it might look like to create a ​space that celebrated Wyoming writers as literary artists and ​connected them with Wyoming readers.

The idea bloomed through the pandemic years and grew into a ​literary art show for writers and a story festival for readers.

Over three days each fall, we gather to share stories:

Poetry Slam

Houlihan Narratives

Youth Short Story Contest

Readings from Wyoming authors who write: Mystery, Sci-Fi, ​Romance, Fantasy, YA, Memoir, Research, Inspirational

W​ell known keynote speaker with ties to Wyoming

Bookmarked gives voice to our shared Wyoming experience.

Win Cash Prizes ​at the:

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How to Enter

First, go to any Fremont County Library to get your information packet

Then, read the info page: hint, the contest is for 4th-12th grade!

Get permission,

Write your best story,

Fill out your Entry Form,

Email permission, entry, & story to Tannar: ​indigogrand14@gmail.com,


Attend the Awards Ceremony!

October 11


Carnegie Room

Lander Library

We love Wyoming writers.

Helen Pugsley

Jason Gay

Andy Baldwin

Barbara Call

J.T. Currie


Dallin Cooper

Dean Peterson

Betsy Bernfeld

Jessica Baehr

Jeanette Woodward

Jaqueline Fellows

Kelly Dehnert

Matt Daly

Clark McCauley

Lane Bushmeyer

Caitie Cooper

Kelli Gard

Mandie Hines

KJ Gillenwater

Natalie ‘Callum’ Ryback

Nona Schrader

S.E. Reichert

Myra Peak

Millie Copper

Alma Law

Sam Lightner Jr

Taylor Dawn Stagner

Noah Wilhelm

Have a favorite Wyoming ​writer? Connect us!

Past Keynote Speakers


Percival Everett

Ami Vincent

Chair and Founder

Reader of cookbooks, literary fiction, ​thrillers


Lucas Fralick


Reader of history and sci-fi

Dabbling poet

Board of Directors

Tannar Miller

Vice Chair

Reader of (mostly) sci-fi & fantasy

Short story author

Cheryl Fallin


Reader and writer of cozy mysteries

Alma Law


Reader of good books

Local ghost story teller

Nona Schrader


Reader of historical mysteries and fantasy

Young adult environmental fantasy author

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