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Visiting Writers Series

Fall 2017 Calendar

Sponsored by the Colorado College English Department with the support of the MacLean Visiting Writers Endowment.  All events free and open to the public. For more information, call (719) 389-6853.

Block 1

September 7, Lance Olsen, 7 p.m., McHugh Commons

The author of more than 20 books of and about innovative writing, including, most recently, “Dreamlives in Debris,” Lance Olsen has been honored with Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, as well as the Berlin Prize and a D.A.A.D. Artist-in-Berlin Residency. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, BOMB, McSweeney’s, and “Best American Non-Required Reading.”

"Dreamlives of Debris is a stunning song cycle on the pixilation of memory in a hyperdigitalized universe, opening out into an extraordinarily beautiful and powerful meditation on nothing less than the erasure of time itself." —David Shields

Block 2

October 2, Diane Seuss, 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall in the Worner Student Center

Diane Seuss is the author of three poetry collections, including "Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open," winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and "Four-Legged Girl," which was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Her new volume, "Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl,"is forthcoming in 2018.  Her work has appeared in The New Yorker,Poetry, Brevity, and The Missouri Review, as well as "The Best American Poetry 2014." 

“Hypnotic. . . . Seuss paints her youth in a hot frenzy of sequins and cigarette smoke. . . . 'Four-Legged Girl' obsesses over the body’s lush strangeness, and Seuss’ fevered lines get under your skin until reading becomes a visceral experience.”  —San Francisco Chronicle

October 9, Sharon Dodua Otoo
5 p.m., Gaylord Hall in Worner Campus Center Sponsored by the Max Kade Foundation of New York City.

Winner of the prestigious Ingeborg-Bachmann Prize at the 2016 Festival of German Language Literature, Sharon Dodua Otoo describes herself as a “Black British mother, activist, author, and editor.” Her novellas, "the things i am thinking while smiling politely" and “Synchronicity,” are published in both English and German.

“In a sensitive, honest, and (self-) deprecating way, Synchronicity tells the story of the power of human relationships when our perception threatens to disappear into various shades of grey. Each of the 24 anecdotes is literally a sensuous experience: challenging the reader to confront their own fears while also sparking a desire for change.” Nadine Lantzsch

October 18, Michael Finkel
 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall in Worner Campus Center Sponsored by the Journalist-in-Residence Program.

Michael Finkel’s book "True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa" was adapted into a major motion picture. He has written for National Geographic, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine. His most recent work is "Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit."

"Michael Finkel has done something magical with this profound book: He's written a gripping modern parable about how one man did the unthinkable, walked away from life as we know it to find a sort of happiness in isolation and silence." — Michael Paterniti

Block 3

October 26, Indigenous Reading Series with Layli Long Soldier, Byron F. Aspaas, and Jennifer Elise Foerster
7 p.m., Gaylord Hall in Worner Campus Center

Layli Long Soldier has received a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and a Whiting Award for her debut book of poetry, “Whereas.”

“Steeped in Native American history and current politics, Long Soldier’s poetry is a melodious battle cry, an argument, and a prayer for our nation’s future.” — Morgan Parker

Byron F. Aspaas is Diné and has earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His work has appeared in Red Ink, Yellow Medicine Review, As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, Denver Quarterly, and The Rumpus. He is Red Running into the Water; born for the Bitter Water People.

“Aspaas's words bubble out of the land as though it were never disturbed and, in writing about place and experience using lyric rhythms and flowing constructions, he shows that we have no experience that isn't made by the land that made us.” Elissa Washuta

Jennifer Elise Foerster, whose first book of poems is titled “Leaving Tulsa,” was awarded a 2017 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Foerster graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts and held a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University.

“In these sharp, visceral poems, [Foerster] journeys through the American landscape and maps what has burned and vanished and yet persists. This is a book of endings and beginnings, of immediate memory and urgent, lyrical insight." Arthur Sze

November 9 , A Celebration of Colorado Poet Belle Turnbull 7 p.m., McHugh Commons

A new book in the Unsung Masters Series (Pleiades Press) reintroduces the work of Colorado writer Belle Turnbull, who published poems in The New York Times, The Saturday Review of Literature, Poetry magazine, and other publications. Writers including David Rothman, Uche Ogbuje, and David Mason will present and discuss Turnbull's work.

“To discover Belle Turnbull is to discover Colorado from the inside out. Here we have a deeply original poet braving the elements, choosing a life of wilderness and hardship, giving voice to the invisible streams, rugged peaks, and high country characters of the early 20th century.” — Wendy Videlock

Block 4

November 30, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer and Ramona Ausubel 7 p.m., McHugh Commons

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer’s works of fiction include “All the Broken Things, Perfecting, “The Nettle Spinner,” and “Way Up.” She received the Sidney Prize for Fiction and a Danuta Gleed Award, and her work has been shortlisted for Canada Reads, the Toronto Book Award, the ReLit Prize, and the First Novel Award.

“By illuminating one tiny corner of the world, Kuitenbrouwer opens an almost infinite space to think about responsibility, the meaning of family and the connectedness of things. — The National Post

Ramona Ausubel’s “Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty” was a San Francisco Chronicle and NPR best book of the year. She is also the author of “No One is Here Except All of Us,” winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction, and “A Guide to Being Born,” a New York Times Notable Book.

“Ramona Ausubel’s sparkling second novel, ‘Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty,’ is packed with wisdoms. . . [this] glorious work will surely confirm her as a vibrant, memorable voice in contemporary American letters.” — The San Francisco Chronicle