Writer Darla Worden & Her Ernest Hemingway Obsession

Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison

As a teenager, I spied a photograph of Ernest Hemingway hanging above the jukebox at the Last Chance Saloon in Big Horn, Wyoming…

That moment sparked a decades-long fascination with Hemingway, searching for clues to his connection to my home state. Along the way I spent a summer following in his Paris footsteps, founded my June-in-Paris Left Bank Writers Retreat – and uncovered little-known details of Ernest’s marriage to Pauline Pfeiffer and the special role Wyoming played in their relationship.

Now I’m excited to announce the publication of COCKEYED HAPPY: Hemingway’s Wyoming Summers with Pauline from Chicago Review Press.

Meanwhile, the manuscript for my second book weaving Ernest Hemingway’s life and craft through its pages is nearing completion, and workshops, events and travel opportunities are ongoing, so stay tuned!

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Darla Worden is a WiesnerMedia vice president and editor in chief of Mountain Living and Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazines, founder and director of the Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris, as well as the Wyoming Writers Retreat, and a journalist, writing articles about art, architecture, travel and the West. In addition to COCKEYED HAPPY: Hemingway’s Wyoming Summers with Pauline, she is the author of Road Shoes, a novel, and co-author of The Rusty Parrot Cookbook. A second Hemingway-related book is in the works. She lives in Denver, Colorado.