Misty Cook is a student, wife and mother to three amazing children. She became a mother very young and with that had to put pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse on a temporary hold.  She has been both a military spouse and a service member herself. Misty joined the US Army in 1995 and was honorably discharged in 2005 as a Combat Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon the end of her military service Misty found that her desire to help people was stronger than ever and she is now pursuing her nursing degree. Misty’s work has been paired with original art by CCA art student, Jean Newquist.
Dave Earnhardt is a native of Denver, Colorado, married, and have two children. I’ve been a professional jazz pianist, a Component Specification Writer for large computer and engineering companies, and have taught English at various local high schools, and for nine years at CCA. Dave’s work has been paired with original art by CCA art student, Zandra Kingery.
Cay L. Lane is a native of Colorado who’s managed to summit five 14ers since turning fifty. She spends the majority of her hiking time just getting out there
and trying to capture the amazing, incomparable beauty that is Colorado.
Michael Levell is from Evansville, Indiana, spent a few years in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he performed at several poetry venues including the Gypsy Coffee House, received his MFA from Naropa University in Boulder and spent some time in India. He continues to write in Denver and work at CCA. Michael’s work has been paired with original art by CCA art student, Ali Hill.
Candace McClelland-Fieler is a professor of English at Community College of Aurora.  She, her rocket scientist husband, and their talkative toddler like dinosaurs and ice cream. Candace’s work has been paired with original art by CCA art student, Jennifer Avila.
Tony Raymond is a native Coloradan who has always enjoyed photography. With a background in mass communication and journalism, he co-owns Crazy Idea Photography (, a local photography studio with his lovely wife, Myka.
Ashley Reyes is a human being, currently being human in her mom’s basement, escaping now and then to capture other beings being in other places. She is currently, and plans to continue (human) being a student at Community College of Aurora.
Amy Garrett Weaver lives in Centennial CO with her family, where she enjoys all that the Rockies have to offer. In a world filled with mayhem and mischief, adventure and adversity theirs  is home to 2 cats (Nila and Pagen) one Alaskan Malamute named Sasha, Baymax the magnificent Saint Bernard, and an Avery of various birds. Having left the corporate world, she has traded tech books for picture books, and network servers for the smiles and giggles of her children. Though the task list is very different from planning a SharePoint deployment, dunking basketballs and playing Lego Batman present their own daily challenges! Thrilled to be a constant influence in the lives of her own children, and have the opportunity to touch the lives of children she has never met, she dedicates each and every day to writing stories that entertain and inspire. Please visit us at for an insight into the whimsical world of her life as an author. Amy’s work has been paired with original art by CCA art student, Kristin Smith.
Kristofer Whited was born and raised in northwest Indiana, attended Purdue University for his B.A. and California State University Fresno for his M.F.A. He lives on the eastern plains with his wife, Madelyn, and their baby boy, James and teaches composition, literature, creative writing, and literary magazine at Community College of Aurora. Kristofer’s short story has custom illustrations by CCA art student, Jennifer Avila.
Mylei Zavala was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. She is Mexican-American and speaks both English and Spanish fluently. Her hobbies include reading, painting, procrastinating, binge watching shows on Netflix, and spending time with her many pets (2 dogs, 3 chickens, and 3 parakeets to be exact). Her weaknesses are fire, drowning, and writing in the third person. Mylei aspires to find a field she’s interested in that she can devote her time and career to. Mylei’s work has been paired with original art by CCA art student, Jase Kelly.