Marilee Swirczek, Professor Emeritus, has taught literature and writing at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu and California State University, Sacramento, before joining the faculty at Western Nevada College in 1989, where she served as English/Foreign Languages Chair and Lead Faculty for Communication & Fine Arts. She founded Lone Mountain Writers (1991) and was recognized as Humanities Scholar, Nevada Humanities Committee (2003); WNC Instructor of the Year (1990-91), UCCSN Outstanding Faculty (1995-98); and Distinguished Nevadan (2001). Active in community affairs, she served on the Carson City Board of Supervisors (1987-89), writes an opinion column for the Nevada Appeal, serves on the Capital City Arts Initiative Advisory Board and presents poetry and writing workshops. She stewards the on-going national traveling exhibition Always Lost: A Meditation on War, an arts and humanities project that originated in her creative writing class in 2009. In 2012 she received a Medal of Honor from the Daughters of the American Revolution for her contribution to the nation through her work on Always Lost. A Pennsylvania native, Swirczek has lived in Nevada since 1978.