Nancy Curtis: 1999
Nancy Curtis graduated from Casper College in 1967. While at Casper College, she was a Chinook newspaper editor. Curtis is the owner/operator of both a cattle ranch and an independent publishing company, High Plains Press. She is co-editor, with Linda Hasselstrom and Gaydell Collier, of Leaning into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West (Houghton Mifflin, 1997), a collection of writing by contemporary women from the high plains. The book was named one of 20 notable nonfiction books of 1998 by the Christian Science Monitor. The three women also edited two subsequent collections of writing titled Woven on the Wind and Crazy Woman Creek. In 2011 Nancy Curtis received the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award from Wyoming Governor Matt Mead for her work with literature and the arts.