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Sharon Warner
Sharon Oard Warner


Sharon Oard Warner is Professor of English at the University of New Mexico.  She is also Founding Director of UNM's Taos Summer Writers' Conference, which each July attracts writers from across the U.S. and around the world for a week of workshops and community. In 2006, the Taos Conference was recognized by USA Today as one of the ten great writers conferences in the nation. From 1998-2008, she served as director of creative writing.  During her tenure as director, she rebuilt the program, instituted the new MFA degree, and negotiated the Joseph M. Russo Endowment. 

Professor Warner is an active and involved teacher and writer. Since coming to UNM in 1994, she has been the recipient of three teaching awards: The Keleher Award for Outstanding Assistant Professor (1997); the Gunter Starkey Award for Teaching Excellence from the College of Arts & Sciences (2000); and the Wertheim Endowed Lectureship (2001). In 2007, the Board of Regents honored her with the Sarah Belle Brown Award for distinguished public service. 

She has published three books—a collection of short fiction, an edited anthology, and a novel, Deep in the Heart, which was reissued in Australia/New Zealand and the Netherlands. Her recently completed novel, Sophie’s House of Cards, is in submission. Her stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Laurel Review, Other Voices, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere.  Her scholarly essays have appeared in Studies in the Novel, Studies in the Short Story, Best Writing on Writing, The Writer’s Handbook, and in selected anthologies.

Warner serves as Special Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences on behalf of the D. H. Lawrence Ranch.

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Eva Lipton-Ormand
Eva Lipton-Ormand

Assistant Director

Eva joined the UNM Taos Summer Writers’ Conference in November 2010, having previously worked for a number of other programs and institutes within the College of Arts and Sciences. She was the Festival Coordinator for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra's Berlioz Festival, following her move to the United States from Germany, where she was involved in the performing arts on and off stage after receiving an MA in Theater, Film and TV Studies as well as English and German Literature from the University of Cologne.

Eva is a Certified Core Synchronism Specialist as well as a Certified Homeopath. For more information, go to Eva’s website at www.correlationsbodywork.com.