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Visiting Writers Series

Spring 2019 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 5

Jan. 28, Cornerstone Faculty Reading and Open Mic, 5-7 p.m., Celeste Theatre

Colorado College’s own writers — Steve Hayward, Natanya Ann Pulley, Jane Hilberry, Michael Sawyer, Jessy Randall — read from their works in progress and respond to the Cornerstone Arts Week Question: “Can we be real?”

Jan. 29, Layli Long Soldier, 7 p.m., Music Room, FAC

Layli Long Soldier is the author of “Chromosomory” and “WHEREAS” and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. Most recently, she received the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Award and the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award. Made possible through the support of the Cultural Attractions Fund and the N.E.H. Professorship.

Block 6

Feb. 20, Shaun King, 7 p.m., Shove Memorial Chapel

Shaun King is a columnist for The Intercept and writer-in-residence at the Fair Punishment Project at Harvard Law School. He is also the political commentator for the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” Made possible through the support of the Griffis Journalist-in-Residence Program, the Journalism Institute, Pikes Peak Community College, Pikes Peak Library District, and Citizens Project.

Feb. 25, Maureen McHugh, McHugh Commons

Maureen McHugh is the author of four novels and two collections of short fiction, including “China Mountain Zhang,” which won the James Tiptree Award, “Mothers & Other Monsters,” and “After the Apocalypse,” winner of the Shirley Jackson award and one of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Best Books of 2011. Made possible through support provided by the Daehler Fund for English.

Feb. 28, James Finley, 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall

James S. Finley is assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He is editor of “Henry David Thoreau in Context.” His current book project, tentatively titled “Free Soil Abolition: Slavery, Race, and Ecology in Antebellum America,” examines a strand of antislavery activism that synthesized environmental ethics and anti-racism so as to target the slave power as ecologically unsustainable.

Mar. 5, Andrew Pyper, 7 p.m., South Hall

Andrew Pyper is the author of eight internationally bestselling novels, including “The Only Child,” “The Demonologist” (winner of the International Thriller Writers Award), and “The Killing Circle” (a New York Times Crime Novel of the Year). He will be reading from his most recent work “The Homecoming.” Made possible by support provided by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Mar. 7, Danielle Cadenna Deulen, 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall

Danielle Cadena Deulen is a poet, essayist, and podcast host. She is the author of three books and a chapbook: “Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us” (2015), which won the Barrow Street Book Contest, “American Libretto” (2015) which won the Sow’s Ear Chapbook Contest; “The Riots” (2011), which won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers Award; and “Lovely Asunder” (2011), which won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize and the Utah Book Award.

Block 7

Mar. 28, Ta-Nehisi Coates, 7 p.m., Kathryn Mohrman Theatre

Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of the bestselling books “The Beautiful Struggle,” “We Were Eight Years in Power,” andBetween the World and Me,” which won the National Book Award in 2015. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, he is also the current author of the Marvel comics “The Black Panther” andCaptain America.” Made possible through the support of the Griffis Journalist-in-Residence Program, the Africana Intellectual Project, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Journalism Institute.

Apr. 8, Writing Awards Night with Jennifer Tseng, 7 p.m., McHugh Commons

Jennifer Tseng is the author of three award-winning poetry collections; a collection of flash fiction, “The Passion of Woo and Isolde,” a Firecracker Award finalist and winner of an Eric Hoffer Book Award; and a novel, “Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness,” finalist for the PEN American Center's Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the New England Book Award.

Block 8

Apr. 29, Roxanne Gay, 7:00 pm, Kathryn Mohrman Theater, Armstrong Hall

Roxane Gay is the author of “Ayiti,"  "An Untamed State,”  “Bad Feminist,”  “Difficult Women,” and  “Hunger.” She is also the author of “World of Wakanda” for Marvel. This is a ticketed event. Free tickets available at the Worner Desk, Worner Campus Center beginning April 1.

Made possible through the support of the Cultural Attractions Fund, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Journalism Institute, and the N.E.H. Professorship.

Apr. 30, Divya Victor, 6 p.m., Tutt Library Event Space

Divya Victor is the author of “Kith,” “Natural Subjects,” “UNSUB,” and "Things to Do with Your Mouth.” Her chapbooks include “Semblance” and “Hellocasts by Charles Reznikoff by Divya Victor by Vanessa Place.”  Her work has been performed and installed at The National Gallery of Singapore, the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibit, and the Museum of Modern Art. This reading is a release celebration for Victor’s new book, “Curb,” printed and published by The Press at Colorado College. There will be a reception with refreshments and books on display at 6:00 pm, and the reading will begin at 7:00 pm.

May 7, Steve Dunn, 7 p.m., McHugh Commons

Shortlisted for Granta magazine’s “Best of Young American Novelists,” Steven Dunn is the author of two novels from Tarpaulin Sky Press: “water & power” and “Potted Meat,” which was co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize and finalist for a Colorado Book Award.