Board of Directors
Andrew Call, President
Andrew Call is a writer and photographer living in Laramie. Short stories are his bread and butter, but like any self-respecting/self-loathing fiction writer, he’s got half-formed skeletons of a novel or two collecting dust in the closet.
Edith Cook, Vice-President
Miss Edith publishes opinion for the online Cheyenne Post. Her most recent is on fentanyl, “The F-Drug.” In addition, her work has appeared in several anthologies and many literary magazines.
Miss Edith worked as translator before immigrating and marrying in California. She taught writing and literature at a number of colleges and universities, including at Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs) in Nashville, TN. In Wyoming, she received the Wyoming Arts Council’s Frank D. Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Visit her at www.edithcook.com, where she uses her nom de plume, Miss Edith at Windy Acres.
Melissa Cook, Secretary
Cook grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and Tucson, Arizona, before moving
to Wyoming, where she married Elgin Cook. Together they raised three
boys in bush Alaska while working as teachers and school district
administrators. Melissa earned advanced degrees in school administration
and educational technology from the University of Alaska and bachelor's
degrees in education and composite social science from Black Hills
State University in South Dakota.
Melissa’s best-selling memoir “The Call of the Last Frontier” won the Western Horizon Award in 2022 and the High Plains Books Award finalist in 2022. She works as an extension educator for the University of Wyoming, focusing on health and EMS. In her spare time, she volunteers for the local fire department, maintains her EMT certification, and creates videos for her Wyoming Jeepers YouTube channel.
Gene Gagliano, Supporting Board Member
Erik Saulness, Supporting Board Member
alan o'hashi, Past President
Alan O’Hashi has written for publication since he was a reporter and columnist for the CareyJunior High School “Tumbleweed” newspaper in Cheyenne. He’s been a narrative and documentary filmmaker, having co-produced “Mahjong and the West” (Prime Video). He has two documentaries in post-production, “Beyond Sand Creek” and “Beyond Heart Mountain.” The latter is also a memoir being published by Winter Goose Publishing. Alan is a typewriter collector and types up his first drafts.
Alan is pictured posing with Robert Frost, a sculpture by George Lundeen, one of Alan’s Hastings College classmates.
Millie Copper, Treasurer
Millie Copper was born in Nebraska but never lived there. Her parents fully embraced wanderlust and moved regularly, giving her an advantage of being from nowhere and everywhere.
Millie Copper lives in the wilds of Wyoming with her husband and young son, tending chickens and attempting a food forest on their small homestead.
Since 2009, Millie has authored articles on traditional foods, alternative health, homesteading, and preparedness—many times all within the same piece. Millie has penned seven nonfiction, traditional food focused books.
In 2019, Millie published her bestselling Christian Post-Apocalyptic series Havoc in Wyoming, and has since written two more series, using her homesteading, off-the-grid, and preparedness lifestyle as a guide.