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Casper College faculty honored by Wyoming Arts Council

Chad Hanson, David Zoby and William Conte were recognized by the Wyoming Arts Council (Photos courtesy of Casper College)

CASPER, Wyo. — Three Casper College faculty members have been selected to receive awards from the Wyoming Arts Council.

Sociology instructor Chad Hanson was awarded a 2020 Creative Writing Fellowship in creative nonfiction.

The fellowship comes with a $3,000 award, according to the college.

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English instructor David Zoby and theatre instructor William Conte were given honorable mentions.

“Hanson’s last book of poetry, ‘This Human Shape’ (2016) was one of seven finalists for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Book Awards for 2017 in the ‘Creative Writing’ category,” Casper College said in their Aug. 9 announcement.

“He was awarded a 2014 Creative Writing Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction from the Wyoming Arts Council and was an honorable mention for the 2019 Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the council.”

His first book “Patches of Light” was made possible in part by a 2013 “David Martinson — Meadowhawk Prize.”

“Zoby is the co-author of ‘Fire on the Beach’ and author of ‘Fish Like You Mean It,'” the college said. “A prolific outdoor essayist, Zoby’s articles have appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Flyfish Journal, Fish Alaska, Ninth Letter, The Sun, and others.”

“’Fish Like You Mean It’ is a collection of his fishing and hunting essays. In 2014, he won the Jeffery E. Smith Editor’s Prize for nonfiction from The Missouri Review. Zoby was a scholar at the first Hala Foundation seminar in Washington, D.C., where young, professional Arab Americans discussed political and ethnic identities.”

Zoby was awarded a Fullbright-Hays Fellowship in 2007 “to study religious pluralism in Syria and Turkey,” CC continued.

Casper College also mentioned the work of Conte.

“Besides his instructing duties, Conte has directed the Casper College productions of ‘The Rover,’ ‘Evita,’ ‘Rashomon,’ and ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ among others,” the announcement states.