Look out! My Imagination's on the loose, and I'm having fun with it.
Connie Gotsch (Ed.D) Leadership and Educational Policies, Speciality Educational Media, Northern Illinois University.
Dr. Gotsch has written the children's novel BELLE'S STAR from a dog's point of view, available from Artemesia Publishing; as well as the adult suspense/thriller SNAP ME A FUTURE, in returnable POD, and the mainstream/romance POD, A MOUTH FULL OF SHELL, both available from DLSIJpress.com She has written three short plays: A PECK OF DIRT, OR ARE YOU CINDERELLA--?, and NEW DELIGHT. She has a short story THE COOK’S TALE in the e-anthology, INSOMNIAC TALES by CHAUCER’S WOMEN, from DLSIJ Press. This is a free download.
Connie Gotsch has a 2010 Mom's Choice Award for Belle's Star, and a nomination for a 2009 New Mexico Book Award. The book received first place in the 2010 New Mexico Press Women's Communication Contest.
She won first place awards for full-length fiction for A MOUTH FULL OF SHELL and short story for the THE COOK’S TALE in the New Mexico Press Women’s Communication Contest. SNAP ME A FUTURE has won Second Place for Full-Length Fiction in the same competition. She won a first place award for THE COOK’S TALE and a second place award for A MOUTH FULL OF SHELL in the National Federation of Press Women’s Communication Contest.
In the Four Corners Area, she writes an arts column for the monthly Cortez, Colorado paper “The Four Corners Free Press.” She contributed an article for the Winter, 2007, and Winter, 2008 issues of “Southwest Colorado Arts Perspective.” She recently joined the staff of Majestic Living Magazine in Farmington, New Mexico.
Her one-act play OR ARE YOU CINDERELLA won third place in the San Juan College Biannual One-Act Play Writing Contest in Farmington, New Mexico. A NEW DELIGHT was presented in New York’s Soho District by the Saturday Players, as part of THE FARMINGTON ARMADA, gathered by Charles Pike.
Connie Gotsch lives in Farmington, New Mexico with a mutt named Kiri. When Connie isn’t writing, she’s at KSJE, Public Radio for the Four Corners serving as Program Director, host of the award-winning morning classical music show, “Roving with the Arts,” or producer of a segment for authors called “Write On Four Corners.” In 2008, she received a Book in Hand Award from the New Mexico Book Association for her work in promoting New Mexico authors and publishers on the program. She also shoots and develops black and white silver gelatin prints. She shows them around the southwest.
She also produces award-winning arts documentaries and arts interviews. In 2009, she will unveil a six-part series on the Museum of New Mexico to celebrate its 100th Anniversary. In 2007, New Mexico Press Women named her their Communicator of Achievement.
A graduate of Northern Illinois University, she holdes a Ed.D Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policies, Speciality Instructional Media.
Reach Connie where Imagination’s on Board at firstname.lastname@example.org
To get SNAP ME A FUTURE, A MOUTH FULL OF SHELL, or THE COOK’S TALE go to http://dlsjpres.com or www.conniegotsch.com
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March, 2010 First Place New Mexico Press Women's Communication Contest Juvenile Fiction
February 2010 "Belle's Star" wins Silver Mom's Choice Award for Juvenile Books 9-12
September 2009 "Belle's Star" nominated for New Mexico Book Award Juvenile Book
December 2008 Book in Hand Award New Mexico Book Association
April 2007 Communicator of Achievement Award New Mexico Press Women
April 2006 First Place Special Programming Radio, Special Articles Reviews, and Prepared Report Radio; Second Place Special Articles Arts, and Feature Story Non-daily Newspaper; Third Place Radio Interview; Individual Sweepstakes three-way tier. New Mexico Press Women Communication Contest.
January 2006, Review New Mexico Woman Magazine by Michelle Miller
Snap Me a Future Named to MyShelf.com's Top 10 Best Reads List, 2005 " by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, http://www.myshelf.com/toptenreads2004.htmlJuly
2005 Third Place Special Report Radio National Federation of Press Women Communication Contest
June 2005 Offered Reviewing Assignment on a monthly basis at Inkspotter.com and Midwest Review.
April 2005 Second Place Full-Length Fiction SNAP ME A FUTURE New Mexico Press Women's Communication Contest, 2005.
April 2005 article "Make Your Book Radio Active,' ezine Apolloslyre.com
March 2005 Accepted Assignment with monthly paper Colorado Free Press to Cover Arts. Cortez, Colorado.
January 2005, flash fiction "Contra Wish" posted at E-zine Apollo's Lyre. www.apolloslyre.com
November, 2004 "Make Your Book Radio Active," Banyon Publishing www.banyonpublishing.com
November, 2004 poem "Roger Bacon's Vision" posted zt E-zine Apollo's Lyre. www.apolloslyre.com
October, 2004 "Snap Me a Future," published by dlsijpress.com
May-July 2004 First Place New Mexico Press Women and National Federation of Press Women Radio Documentary Category for "New Mexico Trading Posts," a documentary about life at a trading post from the early 20th Century to the present. Aired In 2003 on KSJE FM, Farmington New Mexico
October, 2003 “The Cook’s Tale,” a short story in the anthology “Insomniac Tales by Chaucer’s Women”: DLSIJpress.com, Appleton, Wisc. e-book and paperback. Winner First Place 2003 New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest, short story category, and 2004 National Federation of Press Women Communication Contest, short story category.
August 8-24, 2003 A New Delight,” play entered with “The Farmington Armada” in the 2003 New York International Fringe Theater Festival. Performed by the Saturday Players, Teatro La Tea, Soho, Manhattan.
April 2003 Short Play “A New Delight” accepted for consideration for the Saturday Night Players Fringe Festival, New York City.
January, 2000 A Mouth Full of Shell enovel. dlsijpress.com Winner First Place Full-length Fiction New Mexico Press Women 2002 Communication Contest. Second Place 2002 National Federation of Press Women Communication Contest.
June 2001 “Dreams and Drill Bits.” Honorable Mention New Mexico Press Women 2002 Communication Contest Feature San Juan Silver Stage.
October 2001 “Theater Ensemble Arts.” Second Place Single Feature Release Farmington Daily Tmes.
Dec-Jan 2000-01 “Music in the 4 Corners.” San Juan Silver Stage, Ouray, Colorado. Winner Honorable Mention 2000-01 New Mexico Press Women’s Communication Contest.
2000-present. Producer of “Write On Four Corners” half-hour program featuring Four Corners, writers, illustrators, and book lovers of all sorts.
1990-present. Producer host of “Roving with the Arts” prize-winning classical music radio show Farmington, New Mexico at KSJE-FM. Potential listenership 100,000. Awards: 2nd Place On going Story Special Report and Prepared Futures, 2000. 3rd Place Radio Features, the New Mexico Press Women State Contest 1998. 2001 Award for Broadcasting Excellence PSA San Juan Symphony, New Mexico Broadcasters Association. New Mexico Press Women: 2000-01 First Place Radio Talk Show or Interview Second Place National Federation of Press Women Communication Contest; Third Place and Honorable Mention Radio Prepared Report; 1999-00 2nd Place Radio Special Program. 2002 First Place Special Program. First Place Radio Talk Show Interview; First Second Third Place Special Report. First Place National Federation of Press Women 2002 Communication Contest Interview Talk Show. Second Place Special Report; Special Program. 2003 First and Second Place Prepared Report; First Place Special Program First Place Interview, New Mexico Press Women Communication Contest. First Place Documentary; Second Place Interview and prepared Report National Federation of Press Women.
A condensed version, ‘Arts Beat’ reaches Santa Fe via KSFR, potential audience 150,000 to 175,000; and 20,000 on Cable Channel 6. In Albuquerque, KANW carries ‘Arts Beat,” with 28,000 listeners during any quarter hour. In Portales, KENW FM sends the show to 2,000 people in eastern and western parts of New Mexico, and Midland, Texas, population 100,000.
1997-2000 Arts features for KOTO, Telluride, Colorado’s magazine show, ‘Thin Air.’ Stations carrying the program include KTAX, Aspen; and KRCL, Salt Lake City. Total listening audience 200,000 to 300,000. KOTO offers the show on the Public Radio Satellite, and the web.
1983-1990. “States of the Arts” Classical music show on KENW-FM, Portales New Mexico. Awards: first, second, third places, or Honorable Mention Documentary Category 1983-89 New Mexico Press Women,. First place National Federation of Press Women Contest Documentary Category, 1988. 1986. Collaboration with the American Association of University Women and the Hispanic Community to create 10 three-minute programs on Hispanic Women called “Values - Valores. Supported by a New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities Grant.
1980-83. KESD, Brookings South Dakota. Documentaries with grants from South Dakota Humanities and Arts Councils. 1977 WNIU in DeKalb, Illinois. “Their Story Their Words: Life on the American Prairies and the Plains” for NPR’s “Options.”
Additional writing credits: “Farmington Daily Times” regular arts reviews and columns. Circulation 20, 000 in New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. 3rd place 1998 San Juan College One Act Play Writing contest for her “Or Are You Cinderella?”. The play was produced at the college in May, 1999. In progress; one-act piece for Theater Ensemble Arts, an award-winning community acting troupe in Farmington. Cross Currents biweekly newspaper insert,Durango, Colorado “Showcase Premiers Mexican Music” February, 1996; “San Juan Symphony Has New Conductor”, February, 1996; “Showcase Chamber Ensemble”, October, 1995; “Carlos Nakai Native Flutist”, March, 1995. Circulation 12,000, southern Colorado. “It’s About Time Anyway”Duff, Kiefer and Miller (ed) The Spirit that Wants Me A New Mexico Anthology. Duff Inc., 1991: “Vaudeville Hall in step Again” New Mexico Magazine, 1988; “Community Profile Taxaco, Portales, and Clovis”New Mexico Business Journal, 1987; Monthly arts column Clovis News Journal, 1987 Roswell Daily Record 1987-90 Winner Special Article New Mexico Press Women, 1989 .
Reviews: SNAP ME A FUTURE
July Silver City Press Kathryn Cordova
February Reviews by :Lea http://pages.ivillage.com/rockofrealm/reviewsbylea/
January, 2005, reviewed for authorsden by Leland Waldrop. Go to Connie Gotsch's page and click on SNAP ME A Future
Named to MyShelf.com's Top 10 Best Reads List" by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, http://www.myshelf.com/toptenreads2004.html
and at MyShelf.com as one of Carolyn Howard Johnson's picks to read in 2005. This is in her column Back to Literature.
Jan 2005 Review Carolyn Howard Johnson MyShelf.om
December 2004 Sime-Gem.com Four Stars Reviewed by Jenette Contril
December 2004, Word Museum Lori Biundo gives the book Four Flames Calls it Rare Find
Jenette Cottrell reviewing for SimeGem http://www.simegen.com says: The story has a good flow, attends to every detail of plot, and presents many insights into desert photography.
A MOUTH FULL OF SHELL
September, 2005 Apollo's Lyre Ezine Pat Ferguson
2004 Carolyn Howard Johnson named A Mouth Full of Shell as one of her top ten picks for 2004 on Myself.com. She also posted a review of A MOUTH FULL OF SHELL on the internet at Apollo’s Lyre, Word Museum, PICK OF THE QUARTER JULY_SEPT; Book Review.com The NUW Independent Authors Community June-July. Carolyn’s Critic’s Pick July Word Museum Annette Gisby’s page on Authorsden.com Portalmania.com
2003 Pari Noskin-Taichert Badgirlpress.com July
2002 Shirley Jones Amazon.com
2002 Scribe Word Review Hattie Boyd September 2002
2002 Molly Martin Authorsden.com June, 2002
2001 Thelma Dill Daily for DLSIJpress.com June
Reviews: THE COOK'S TALE
October, 2004 Carolyn How-ard Johnson Listmania amazonCom
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Elements of me and my friends and colleagues are scattered through both books.
The heroine of “Snap Me a Future,” Shelby McCoy, is an art photographer, a publicist, and later a newspaper reporter. "A Mouth Full of Shell's " heroine, Betsy Craig, is a journalist and broadcaster, like me. My first TV show appeared on WNYC-TV, New York in 1970 when I was a student at New York University. Currently I am the Program Director for KSJE-FM, public radio in Farmington, New Mexico. I've held the job since 1990.
I was born in Illinois lived in New Jersey, New York City, Pennsylvania, New York State, Iowa, Kansas, and South Dakota. Now New Mexico. In all those places I was doing lots of things: growing up, going to college, teaching, and doing radio. I like to cook, travel and take black and white photos. I’ve visited Germany, Austria Switzerland, Ireland,England,France, Italy, Greece, Canada, China, Thailand, Laos, Burma, Cambodia, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
Both Betsy Craig and Shelby McCoy like to travel. Betsy speaks German and some French. Betsy Craig’s a teacher. She has a parakeet. I have -- two dogs. Ha! Fooled you that time. She’s struggling with academic politics in the story. We all struggle with some form of politics. She does okay. Just like most of us do.
Shelby is getting over a bad experience, from which she ran away. What do they say? If you don’t learn from history, you're doomed to repeat it? She might just do that, if she's not careful, or if she's too careful. You'll have to see.
She’s a reporter because I do ail kinds of writing. Always did. That’s important. One kind sharpens the other.
Both books are different, in subject as well as origin. "A Mouth Full of Shell," has feminist overtones. It's autobiographical and the story of women's struggle to break into male-dominated fields. "Snap Me a Future" is a psychological thriller about facing one's own fears and dealing with them.