Kurt Gutjahr, M.A., M.F.A., is the Program Director of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado and has worked for the Center for four years. Although born in New Jersey, he moved to New Mexico at nine years of age and since then has lived in Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Colorado (with brief sojourns in Prague and Iowa). His professional background is as diverse as the ecosystems he’s inhabited. Among other things, Kurt has been a bartender, a green builder, a gravedigger, a college instructor, and a published fiction writer. He holds an M.A. in English from the University of New Mexico, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. In his position at the Center of the American West, he recently produced and co-wrote the Rocky Mountain PBS show, The Lover’s Guide to the West: Living with Energy. In addition, Kurt teaches at Naropa University as an adjunct professor, and spends much of his free time skiing, hiking, biking, and being raised by his daughter.