Alberta … Canada’s western frontier. Developed through a long history of explorers, mavericks, prospectors and cowboys, this province spans the Midwestern plains of Calgary, the northeastern reaches of the Banff Rockies, and the oil fields in the north. Banff, surrounded by snowcapped peaks, is home to the Banff Centre for the Arts. Downtown Calgary, Phoenix’s sister city, features museums, galleries, and playhouses. At night, you may find poetry projected in colored lights against the sidewalk. In October of 2007, nine writers from ASU attended Wordfest, Canada’s international writing conference in Calgary and Banff, Alberta.