Kent Winward received his undergraduate degree in English from BYU, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah, but he made Ogden the home of both his thriving consumer bankruptcy practice and his other home: his love for the arts. For over two decades, Kent has been an active participant and supporter of both individual artists and the arts community, his interests extending across the spectrum of artistic media and expression.
In 2008, Kent married Salt Lake-based literary novelist/poet and visual artist, J.A. (JulieAnn) Carter-Winward. Since then, Kent and his family have been involved in Ogden’s local art scene, not only the visual and literary arts, but including dance the performing arts as well. In 2014, JulieAnn was the recipient for the Indie Ogden award, “Best Local Artist,” and their daughter, Megan served as the editor for WSU’s literary journal, Metaphor, and was named Outstanding Graduate in Creative Writing upon graduating with her degree in English in 2017.
When Kent and JulieAnn’s son became involved in Imagine Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker, the director announced that they were in dire need of a new Drosselmeyer. Kent stepped up and into his first pair of dancing shoes, performing several seasons at the historic Egyptian Theater.
Even before then, Kent was no stranger to the performing arts, participating in multiple community theater and spoken-word performances, including a one-man spoken-word show at the former art gallery, Universe City.
A multi-faceted writer himself, Kent wrote a weekly legal/political/community column for the Standard Examiner for four years.
Kent ventured into the world of publishing in 2010 and is the Editor and Chief of an ever-evolving small literary press, aptly named Binary (0101) Press, and he hopes to have this venture turn into a brick-and-mortar publishing house in the near future.
As a member of the Ogden First Board, Kent brings a vast trove of literary knowledge and acumen to the table, and through his long-time passion for the written word, Kent is uniquely situated to give Ogden a well-rounded artistic community.