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September 10, 2014 6:00 p.m. at the Gryphon Theatre in Laramie, Ignite Laramie takes off.  If you missed the first event,  Ignite Laramie is an engaging, fast-paced (5 minutes), multi-media talk with 20-slides automatically displaying behind the presenter.   Topics this year include Laramie Makerspace, Saturday U’s Cross Pollination at UCross, and the Laramie Mural Project. The event is free but donations will accepted for Laramie’s non-profits e.g. the Soup Kitchen. Laramie’s Crow Bar and Grill will also be on hand for all your beverage desires as well as live music. Doors open at 6 p.m., music starts at 6:30 p.m. and speakers begin at 7 p.m.

Last year, presenters shared personal and professional “journey stories” which can be viewed online:   Videos from the 2013 event .  The 2103 Laramie event focused  on journey stories as an introduction to the Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories 2014 Wyoming tour slated for six communities.

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Ignite Laramie 2014 speaker roster, musical guests and benefiting non-profits

Project Healing Waters:

A healing and recovery program for veterans with disabilities.


The Laramie Soup Kitchen:

Feeding anyone in need since the 1980’s.


Laramie Makerplace:

A workshop with tools for everyone.


The Laramie Mural Project:

Bringing color to our little town in remarkable ways.


Speakers include:

Duane Cook, lead organizer for Project Healing Waters in Wyoming, on his post-Vietnam road to healing.

Jeff Lockwood, entomologist/raconteur, “Metamorphosis: How an Entomologist became a Philosophy Professor and the Director of a Creative Writing Program.

Jeffrey Lockwood earned a Ph.D. in entomology from Louisiana State University. He worked for 15 years as an insect ecologist at the University of Wyoming, publishing more than 100 scientific papers and pioneering a method for controlling rangeland grasshoppers. In 2003, he metamorphosed into a Professor of Natural Sciences & Humanities in the department of philosophy and the program in creative writing, where he teaches environmental ethics, philosophy of ecology, and nature/environmental writing. He is currently the director of the MFA program in creative writing.

He has published three collections of environmental/spiritual essays through Skinner House. His other books include: Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier (Basic, 2004), Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War (Oxford, 2008), Philosophical Foundations for the Practices of Ecology (Cambridge, 2010), and The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe and Love Insects (Oxford, 2013). His work has been honored with a Pushcart Prize, the John Burroughs award and inclusion in the Best American Science and Nature Writing.

Julian Saporiti, musician and UW Instructor, on what it means to invest in local music.

Julian Saporiti, a Nashville born singer/songwriter spent a decade recording music and touring the globe in the indie rock outfit The Young Republic, a group he formed while attending the Berklee College of Music. Somewhere on the road, he decided that the life of a touring musician was something he needed a break from. In a fit of outdated and misconceived pioneerism, he enrolled in UW’s American Studies MA program where he was able to receive support for his ethnographic research on street performers in NYC. While in Laramie, he has made an effort to get to know the players in the local music scene and invest his energies in promoting community music. He enjoys reading books and rock climbing, as well as teaching for the University of Wyoming.

Jessica Robinson, on the upcoming zombie apocalypse and how we have already blamed science for it.

Jessica Robinson is an editor by day and a zombie-killer by night (at least in her books).  Since the first time she watched Night of the Living Dead, she has been obsessed with zombies and often thinks of ways to survive the uprising.  Recently, she finished a nonfiction book about the undead creatures that explores how they are a metaphor for society’s fears of science.  Using film, literature, and interviews with experts, Undead Obsessed examines how zombies portray real-world fears such as epidemics, mind control, what may or may not exist in space, the repercussions of playing God, and the science behind the fears.

In addition, under the pen name Pembroke Sinclair, she has written YA novels about zombies and the tough teens who survive the apocalyptic world.

She has also written nonfiction stories for Serial Killer Magazine and published a book about slasher films called Life Lessons from Slasher Films.

For more information, please check out her blog at or email her at

Bridget Hardy, Laramie MakerPlace:  a community workshop with tools for everyone,  board member, on building a community of builders. Bridget Hardy was born and raised in Laramie.  She left for school, travel and adventure, but has recently returned to her family roots.  While living on the West Coast, she got involved in the world of “Makers” aka the “Do It Yourself” movement and found it so inspiring, she’s helping bring it to Laramie.

Timothy John, local cobbler, on what’s at the heart of artisan-ship, or how to ‘heel your sole.’

Timothy John is a Wyoming kid who journeyed a little two far off the farm between 2002 and 2010,  traveling to India for extended stays 6 different times. During this time he underwent a 6 year apprenticeship in a type of body work called “The Yoga of Two”. Recently he has been undergoing an apprenticeship in shoemaking at Mattimore Harness in Laramie. Timothy composes songs for guitar and plays solo piano.

Jess Ryan, life-coach, on “Let’s Get Real: Who’s Calling the Shots.”

Robin Hill, adjunct UW philosophy faculty, on everyday fallacies and the holes in our logic.

Robin Hill has taught logic, computer science, and information systems at several universities, and is a graduate of the University of Wyoming Philosophy Department.

Jeff Hubbel and Lindsay Olson, local artists, on what it takes to really paint the town.

Jeff and Lindsay are Laramites and are proud to be apart of this community and contributing to its future.  They are University of Wyoming alumni (Studying Art and International Studies respectively).  Jeff and Lindsay love international travel as well as backpacking in Wyoming’s beautiful mountains in their free time.  The two are passionate about food and community food systems, Jeff works for Big Hollow Food Co-Op and Lindsay manages the Farmers Market.  They love the challenge of gardening at 7220 feet and are expanding their food production to include gourmet mushrooms.  Their other small business is a screen-printing service that provides them with community networking and artistic outlets.  The couple joined the Laramie Mural Project in 2012 and completed ‘Prairie Dog Town’ summer 2013 (located in the alley behind Atmospheres Mountainworks).  Jeff and Lindsay are excited to be apart of such a great collective of artists and participate directly in bringing public art to Laramie.

Jason Burge, WHC Staff, on different kinds of hungers.

With music by the Angel Adams Band and local guest musicians.

Check out this video to find out more about an Ignite presentation.



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