Gale Whitman grew up in western Nebraska, with early aspirations were to be an artist. In school, however, she focused her studies on science—obtaining a BA in biology and an MS in anatomy/medical illustration. She explored her artistic path for ten years in Fort Collins as a professional medical illustrator. When her children entered elementary school Gale took a deep breath, rented a studio, and returned to her art by venturing further into self expression. That venture has brought her several commissions within Fort Collins’ Art in Public Places program and the opportunity to illustrate a children’s book, The Man From Space—self-published with the story’s author in 2012. Today Gale explores painting with acrylics, taking inspiration from nature and the human spirit. She and her family enjoy the riches that life in Fort Collins offers. Gale is a former board member on KRFC’s precursor, PRFR.
Bob Komives started out near the edge of the Great Plain in St. Paul, Minnesota. He came late to poetry, captivated always by place, people, and language. He was a land-use planner in New England, Colorado, and Central America; a Peace Corps Volunteer who was so inspired by his struggle to master a second language that he spoke only Spanish to his now-multi-lingual daughters; learned Hungarian so he could better benefit from explorations in the land of grandparents; a cyclist who explores roads and towns near and far; and one who always enjoys returning to life among his neighbors in Fort Collins. Poetry is a medium for him to appreciate and express it all. Bob has read three times on the KRFC Poetry Show and has organized several readings with other poets in Fort Collins. He is also a past board member of Bas Bleu Theatre.