2022 Keynote Speakers


Page Lambert


Page Lambert grew up in the Colorado mountains, where she fell in love with harebells, wild onions, and gangly ponderosas. In her teens, she courted the North Platte River, cottonwood trees, horses and frogs. She’s been “writing nature” since the mid-80s, when she moved to a small ranch in the Black Hills of Wyoming.


Page’s writing is found inside monumental sculptures at the Denver Art Museum, online at Huffington Post, and in dozens of anthologies about the West. Nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, she designs and teaches graduate writing courses for the University of Denver’s professional creative writing program. 


Author of the memoir In Search of Kinship (Fulcrum Publishing), hailed by the Rocky Mountain News when it was released as one of the summer’s hottest reads, and the novel Shifting Stars (a Mountains and Plains Book Award finalist) by Tor/Forge Publishing, her essays and poems are found in dozens of anthologies, including the Willa award-winning Writing Down the River, and West of 98: Living and Writing the American West. 



Lambert has been leading outdoor adventures and writing workshops for twenty-two years, sometimes working in partnership with organizations such as True Nature Journeys, The Women’s Wilderness Institute, the Grand Canyon Field Institute, and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation. In 2006, Oprah’s O magazine featured her River Writing Journeys for Women as “One of the top six great all-girl getaways of the year.”


Co-founder of Women Writing the West, Lambert is a member of the International League of Conservation Writers, an advisor for the Rocky Mountain Land Library, and a senior associate with the Children & Nature Network. For more information about Page, please visit her website: pagelambert.com


Writing stories about the landscapes we love is a radical act, an intimate act, an act of devotion. At times, a risky act. But if we aren’t writing about what we love—about the things that make our blood boil and our passion ignite—then why are we writing at all? For Page Lambert, it is her relationship with the wild intelligence of the natural world, and her love of family, that fuel her writing. During these two sessions, Page will explore the writer’s deep need to speak the truth—in all its forms. “Screenwriting guru Robert McKee reminds us that we should be striving in all our work to answer Aristotle’s great question: How should a human being lead their life?  What is meaningful? What is worth living for? What is foolish to pursue?” Join Page for a deep dive into the quest for story and meaning.


Doug Grad 

Doug Grad started in the publishing business in November 1986, temping for the renowned Michael Korda at Simon & Schuster. For the next six months, he temped in various departments of S&S (international sales, foreign rights, and even Harlequin Romances—then distributed by S&S), until landing the job as the assistant to Bill Grose, the editorial director of Pocket Books in May 1987. Promoted to Associate Editor in 1990, Doug came to oversee the western fiction and military non-fiction categories for the mass-market paperback line.  He also acquired and edited golf books for a co-publishing venture with Golf Digest magazine. He edited the 1994 New York Times Notable Book Red Ink by Greg Dinallo, and the Chicago Tribune bestseller Ditka: Monster of the Midway by Emmy Award winning reporter Armen Keteyian, now the Chief Investigative Correspondent for CBS News.

In 1995, Doug joined Ballantine Books as an editor. While at Ballantine, Doug published his first New York Times bestsellers--Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara. These Civil War novels are the bookends to the 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels, written by Jeff’s father Michael Shaara. Doug also published golf books by the legendary Sam Snead and PGA champion Steve Elkington, creating an innovative flip-book sequence of photos to put their fluid golf swings in motion for readers.


He moved to Penguin in 1998 as a Senior Editor for the NAL imprint. Doug also acquired books for the Dutton, Putnam, and Viking lists. While at Penguin, Doug was proud to publish New York Times bestsellers by historical novelist John Jakes. In 2005 Doug went to work for Judith Regan’s imprint at HarperCollins. At ReganBooks, Doug published New York Times bestsellers Brutal by Kevin Weeks and Phyllis Karas. Doug has been a literary agent since 2008.  For more information about Doug, please visit his website: dgliterary.com


We all take different paths in life. Some of us know what we want to do when we grow up from a very young age. Some of us take a little longer to figure it out. And some of us are still searching! Doug's journey to becoming a literary agent is an interesting and unexpected one. He also answers the question, who are editors and agents? Where do they come from? What do they want? What do they like? How do they think? And what’s the deal with all those lunches at fancy restaurants? He will  tell you all that, and more!