About the LBWR Faculty

Darla Worden

Left Bank Writers Retreat founder Darla Worden

Facilitator and Host Darla Worden: Darla Worden is an author, writer and public relations professional who lives in Jackson, Wyoming and Denver Colorado. She has written over 100 magazine articles about art, architecture, travel and the West. A bona fide Francophile who has spent time living and working in Paris, she teaches a writing course, “A Left Bank Literary Excursion,” in the Enrichment Program of Denver University and is the author of the popular blog Frenchophile. Her most recent book is The Rusty Parrot Cookbook (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2009). She is currently working on a book about Hemingway’s Paris. She has an MFA from Goucher College in Creative Nonfiction.

“I want to offer this experience to other writers who would like to write in the morning and see the sights of Paris in the afternoon — using their Parisian experiences as writing prompts in their work,” Worden says.  “We will explore Paris’s Left Bank where iconic writers like Hemingway, Joyce, and Fitzgerald lived and worked, as well as the great museums, parks and restaurants that inspired them.”

Sarah SuzorInstructor, Sarah Suzor: Sarah Suzor’s full-length collection of poetry, The Principle Agent, won the 2010 Hudson Prize and was recently published by Black Lawrence Press. She also has a forthcoming collaboration, After the Fox, which is co-authored with Travis Cebula and will be available from Black Lawrence Press in 2014. Suzor’s poetry has been published widely, as well as anthologized, translated and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Venice, California where she is a founding editor for Highway 101 Press, and a guest lecturer for the Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris.

Travis CebulaInstructor Travis Cebula: A former classically-trained chef and sommelier, Travis Cebula currently writes, edits, and teaches creative writing in Maryland. He graduated from the MFA program at Naropa University in 2009—the same year he founded Shadow Mountain Press, a small press that focuses on hand-made editions of poetry chapbooks. His poetry, stories, essays, reviews, and photography have appeared internationally in various print and online journals. The most recent of his chapbooks, …but for a brief interlude at Versailles, was released in 2011 by Highway 101 Press. Also in 2011, Western Michigan University awarded him the Pavel Srut Fellowship for Poetry. A new book of poems, Ithaca, is forthcoming in Autumn 2012 from BlazeVOX Books.