Lori Howe

Lori Howe Ph.D.

lori-howe-smDr. Lori Howe is the author of Cloudshade: Poems of the High Plains (Sastrugi Press, 2015), Voices at Twilight: A Poet’s Guide to Wyoming Ghost Towns (Sastrugi Press, 2016), and Stories from Earth: Millennials, Literature, and Teaching Writing that Matters.

Her poems, short fiction, and non-fiction appear in numerous journals, anthologies, and books such as The Meadow, Pilgrimage, Northern Lights, Red Hook, Open Window Review, Frontiers Magazine, and the Owen Wister Review. Author Lori Howe holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and Spanish, as well as an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Wyoming.

Reading at Legends Book Store, Cody, WY

Reading at Legends Book Store, Cody, WY

She is currently a doctoral candidate in Literacy Studies at the University of Wyoming, where she teaches in the College of Education, serves on the leadership team of the Wyoming Writing Project, and teaches creative writing/literacy workshops with underserved writers around the state. Her research on creative writing workshop pedagogy appears in journals such as the Journal of Lifelong Learning and Qualitative Inquiry.

She is the editor in chief of Clerestory: Poems of the Mountain West (clerestorypoets.org), and has appeared as a guest poet on Wyoming Public Radio. Her current writing project is the novel, Heaven of Olives, set in Wyoming, New York City, and Andalusia, Spain.

Visit Lori Howe’s author website at: https://lorihoweauthor.com/


Congratulations to Lori Howe’s Cloudhade collection. It received a best poetry collection from The Quivering Pen!

Lori Howe has been nominated by the Wyoming Humanities Council to be a ThinkWY Roads scholar in 2016.

Voices at Twilight has been nominated for the Wyoming State Historical Society award in the poetry category.

Wyoming Writer’s, Inc. Arizona Magat award, greatest contribution to WEI.


A. Every day holds beauty and surprises, if I listen.
A. My greatest fear is dying before I have a chance to do enough good in the world.
A. My greatest achievement is helping my students achieve success. Hands down.


Lori Howe in the media

Lori Howe talks about Voices at Twilight on the Open Spaces show on Wyoming Public Radio June 10, 2016:

Lori Howe was featured on the Open Spaces show on Wyoming Public Radio on Nov 6 & 7, 2015. Bob Beck’s interview of Lori included several poetry readings. You can listen to her segment of the show in the below audio.

Audio courtesy of Wyoming Public Radio.

Lori Howe was featured on 89.1 KHOL, Jackson, WY, on Dec 3, 2015. Cassandra Lee interviewed Lori about Cloudshade. Enjoy the interview here:

Audio courtesy of 89.1 KHOL.

Cloudshade has been nominated for a PushCart award.

Lori running writing workshop, Jackson, WY, Dec 4, 2015

Lori running writing workshop, Jackson, WY, Dec 4, 2015

Press Biography

Lori Howe was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1971, moving to Laramie, Wyoming, sight-unseen, in 1995. Since then, she has taught a variety of English and Creative Writing Workshop courses at the community college level and at the University of Wyoming, where she earned a Master’s degree in English and Spanish, as well as an M.F.A. in poetry.

In 2011, she completed High Lonesome: A Poet’s Guide to Wyoming Ghost Towns (Elm Books, 2016), and in 2012, wrote a novel called Heaven of Olives, which takes place primarily in Andalusia, Spain, and in northern Ethiopia. Most recently, as a doctoral student in Literacy Education, she co-authored the educational text Stories from Earth: Millennials, Literature, and Teaching Writing that Matters.

She is also the editor in chief of Clerestory: Poems of the Mountain West (clerestorypoets.org), a member of the leadership team for the Wyoming Writing Project, and teacher of creative writing workshops around Wyoming. As often as possible, she walks away from her desk to go kayaking, camping, and cross-country skiing, and keeps a fair hand in shooting pool. Known locally as The Cake Lady, she is also a pastry chef.

Lori lives in Laramie, Wyoming with her partner in crime, Erik, his three brilliant, cake-eating children, and a shared menagerie of extremely spoiled felines.

High Resolution Color Press Photo
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Photo credit: Erik Molovar

Author Signing Events

Cloudshade poemsMeet Lori Howe in person at the following events. She will be reading selections of her poetry, sharing writing stories, and autographing Cloudshade poems, her newly released title.

Monday, June 13, Workshop at the Natrona County Library in Casper, WY: 5:30-8pm.

Tuesday, June 14, Workshop at the Sheridan County Library in Sheridan, 6-8:30pm.

Wednesday, June 15, I’ll read from and sign both Cloudshade and Voices at Twilight at the Sheridan Stationery Books and Gallery from 5:30-7pm.

Thursday, June 16, Workshop at the Big Horn County Library in Basin, WY, 6-8:30pm.

Friday, June 17, book signing at Legends Bookstore in Cody, WY, 1-3pm.

Saturday, June 18, Workshop at the Park County Public Library in Cody, WY, 1-4pm.

Sunday: free day. Kayak and write.

Monday, June 20, reading/signing at Storyteller Books in Thermopolis, WY, 5:30-7pm

Tuesday, June 21, Workshop at the Hot Springs County Library in Thermopolis, WY, 5:30-7:30pm.

June 22-26, Jackson Hole Writers Conference. Staying in Wilson.

Monday, June 27, Workshop at the Rock Springs Branch Library in Rock Springs, WY 6-8pm

Tuesday, June 28, Workshop at the Sweetwater County Library in Green River, WY, 6-8pm

Wednesday, June 29, Workshop at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale, WY 5:30-8pm

Thursday, June 30, Workshop at the Centennial Library in Centennial, WY, 11am-2pm.

End of tour: back in Laramie by 4pm on Thursday, June 30.


CloudshadeIn every season, life on America’s high plains is at once harsh and beautiful, liberating and isolated, welcoming and unforgiving. The poems of Cloudshade take us through those seasons, illuminating the intersections between the landscapes surrounding us and those inside us. Extraordinarily relatable, the poems of Cloudshade swing wide a door to life in the West, both for lovers of poetry and for those who don’t normally read poems.

If you’ve ever waited through five or six months of winter for the first signs of spring, stood outside to feel the first, long-awaited summer rains, caught the wood-smoke and cottonwood scent of fall, or stood on a frozen lake, listening to winter rumbling and heaving through the ice, these poems will carry you back to what is elemental and haunting about life on the high plains.

Cloudshade is available in:

  • Print
  • eBook
  • CD Audiobook
  • MP3 on USB Thumb Drive


Voices at Twilight

Voices at Twilight

In this collection of poems, historical essays, and photographs, Lori Howe illuminates past and present Wyoming ghost towns. Old Sherman, once the highest railroad village in the world, is now inhabited only by a child’s grave. Centennial, a former gold-rush town, is now home to a colorful, artistic population of 100.

The poems, essays, and photographs of Voices at Twilight offer the reader a visual tour of eleven of Wyoming’s ghost towns. Contained within are travel directions, GPS coordinates, and tips for intrepid readers who wish to experience these unique towns and town sites for themselves.