Strong Currents
The Wellspring of Knowledge
Deep Oceans
Flowing Heart
Seas on the Moon
Denizens of the Deep
The Rain That Falls Splash in Your Heart

Spring Lea Ellorien Henry

1818 Whitman Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado  80910
719/ 328-0359     E-mail:

CURRENT WORK: Helping teens achieve their creative potential through writing, publishing, and artistry.

  • Creative Writing Instructor
    • Mythic Writing
    • Character Creation
    • Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    • See the descriptions of the above classes here
  • Independent Publisher at The Grumpy Dragon
  • Artisan and Writer
    • See my latest works at my first holiday fair, Friday November 3, 8:00am-3:00pm, at 201 E. Colfax in Denver (Colorado Department of Education building just across the street from the State Capitol).


  • Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, The Grumpy Dragon
  • Project Supervisor, Wild Gazebos Art and Literary Magazine, July 2004 - Present
    • Provided teen staff with overview of editing and production processes
    • Arranged and assisted with training for teens on Star Office software
    • Organized and oversaw submission and judging processes
    • Prepared budget and proposal to submit to Library Foundation
  • Editor, Yattitudes (Young Adult Library Services Association), July 2001 - July 2004
    • Designed initial layout
    • Solicit articles from contributors
    • Write editorials
    • Proof and revise articles as needed
  • Supervising Editor, Genesis (Adams State College), August 1994 - May 1995
    • Designed and managed submission process.
    • Designed magazine layout.
    • Responsible for managing staff of 6: scheduling, timesheets, and evaluations.
    • Controlled allotment of funds for equipment, publicity, and production costs.
    • Supported and encouraged staff to meet proposed deadlines.
    • Planned and conducted a catered awards ceremony program.
  • Chief Copy Editor, South Coloradoan Newspaper (Adams State College), August 1993 - May 1995
    • Oversaw copyediting team
    • Personally proofed entire paper each week
    • Encouraged staff to meet weekly deadlines.


  • English Instructor, Private Client, November 2001 - January 2003
    • Designed assignments based on individual progress and needs
    • Assisted students with home-school curriculum requirements
    • Delivered progress reports to both students and parents
  • English Instructor, Upward Bound (Adams State College), October 2000 - May 2001
    • Created lesson plans
    • Instructed groups of up to 12 high school students
    • Coordinated all-school activities with other staff members
  • Tutoring Lab Supervisor, Student Support Services (Adams State College), September 1990 - May 1994
    • Assisted students in study skill development
    • Developed and taught test taking tactics
    • Tutored both one on one and for groups up to 40 students in Mathematics, English, Science, and Psychology courses.


  • Youth Librarian, Philip S. Miller Library, July 2001- Spring 2005
    • Career highlights:
      • Coordinated, promoted, and conducted Teen Read Week 2001 program activities, Lord of the Rings Family Event, and Battle of the Bands.
      • Created Lord of the Rings, Library Idol, and Dungeons & Dragons lock-in programs for teens 2003, 2004
      • Assisted with district-wide Teen Read Week 2002, 2003 efforts
      • Provided input and guidance in planning the Teen Tower at the new branch
      • Initiated teen programs including: Games Day, Young Writers Guild, Teen Book Discussion, Dungeons & Dragons, Movie Night, Wild Gazebos Arts and Literary Magazine, and the Teen Advisory Group ; trained other staff members to run them
      • Provided job opportunities for teens by designing the Teen Service Assistant position
      • Co-planned district level program Fantasy Fest 2001, 2002
      • Initiated monthly newsletter for teens and juvenile readers
      • Co-created statewide summer reading program theme Xtreme Reads
      • Encouraged entry into the Blue Spruce Award logo design contest, which one of Castle Rock's teens won
    • Daily activities:
      • Collection development for young adult materials
      • Assist patrons at the service desk
      • Supervise Teen Service Assistants
      • Committee work: district collection development, tween marketing, teen programming interest research, branch departments
      • Plan and run monthly programs: Games Day, Young Writers Guild, Dungeons & Dragons, Wild Gazebos Arts and Literary Magazine
      • Compile monthly statistics and produce monthly reports for youth services department

  • Supervisor of Technical Services, Southern Peaks Public Library, October 1995 - June 2001
    • Career highlights:
      • Directed library automation project
      • Coordinated LAN/DSL and phone system reconfiguration project
      • Rewrote collection development and Internet usage policies
      • Completed 20-year collection analysis for consultant planning new library facility
      • Coordinated, promoted, and conducted Teen Read Week 2000 program activities
      • Contributed to Accelerated Reader materials acquisition project
    • Daily activities:
      • Evaluate/select new acquisitions in all adult areas and assist in young adult area
      • Catalog and process new and donated materials; MARC format
      • Administrate circulation/cataloging network
      • Serve as reference/circulation librarian
      • Train patrons and staff on library computer system and applications as necessary
      • Supervise technical services staff and some library page activities
      • Produce material and patron barcodes
      • Manage patron database records


  • Citation for work on Dean's Learning Community Task Force, Emporia State University.
  • Academic Achievement Certificate for maintaining a 4.0 GPA at Emporia State University.
  • Beta Phi Mu Award for "academic achievement, leadership, and professional promise"
  • Professional Memberships: Colorado Young Adult Advocates in Libraries (Co-Chair 2002-2003), Colorado Association of Libraries, Public Library Association, American Library Association, and Young Adult Library Services Association Division.
  • Finalist in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Writing Contest
  • Girl Scout Gold Award.
  • Lifetime adult member of the Girl Scouts.


  • 2000 Emporia State University, Emporia, KS; Masters of Library Science
  • 1995 Adams State College, Alamosa, CO; Non-degree graduate studies in English
  • 1994 Adams State College, Alamosa, CO; Bachelor of Arts--double major Psychology/English, minor in Computer Science; Suma Cum Laude Graduate



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