Honoring K.T. Roes, founder of WordsWorth

K.T. Roes

K.T. Roes died at her rural Cody home, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

K.T.’s professional life in Cody started as a librarian at the Park County Library, but it was not long before an interest in journalism landed her a job as a reporter at the Cody Enterprise. After the Enterprise, K.T. worked for Lee Myers on a statewide news and opinion magazine, The Wyoming News, as well as another publication, the Simmental Journal. K.T. then moved on to work at the Powell Tribune for lifelong friend Dave Bonner, as the county editor for 10 years. She continued to contribute her talents to the Tribune for many years, and was especially pleased when her work was titled “Special to the Tribune.” She then spent several years working for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center as the interim PR director, and as an honored member of the Board of Trustees.

In the 80s, K.T. founded WordsWorth Publishing, a public relations and advertising agency in Cody Wyoming. Since 2005 WordsWorth’s focus has been publishing books on regional history, memoirs, firearms, and novels by local authors.

Near the end of K.T.’s battle with cancer, she asked Renée Tafoya to take over the reins at WordsWorth. Renée, a graphic designer and professor at Northwest College, has over 30 years experience in publishing and design. Renée’s assistant in WordsWorth, Lynn Petit, is the grant, corporate and foundation relations manager at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Lynn brings years of experience in library administration and project management to Wordsworth. Both are avid readers with a passion for Western issues and history.

Our vision for the future of WordsWorth is to continue K.T.’s work in bringing an understanding of the West to the greater world. WordsWorth has over 30 titles in print with several more scheduled in 2015. Renée and Lynn are honored to continue serving the talented and imaginative authors that began with K.T. – our authors are our partners in WordsWorth Publishing.

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