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Visiting Writers Series

Spring 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 6

Sean Michaels
Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

Founder of the influential music blog Said the Gramophone and winner of the Giller Prize for his novel Us Conductors. Sponsored by The Albert H. Daehler Endowed Fund for English. 

            "The elegance with which Michaels handles his story makes for a debut that is    charming, amusing, often deeply affecting"  The National Post

Elissa Washuta
Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in McHugh Commons

Cowlitz tribe member and author of Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules

            "In Body, Washuta shows why younger voices and voices outside the mainstream matter. They show us the immediate implications of our current culture on our psyches, bodies, and hearts."  The Rumpus

Brian Evenson
Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Slocum Commons

Renowned critic, translator, and novelist, and winner of the prestigious O. Henry Award. Evenson’s books include A Collapse of Horses, The Warren, and The Open Curtain. This reading will also celebrate the release of Brian’s new book from The Press at Colorado College, The Other Room. Reception with refreshments and books on display at 6:30 pm. Reading begins at 7:00 pm. Sponsored by The Press at Colorado College. 

            "Evenson’s fiction is equal parts obsessive, experimental, and violent. It can be soul-shaking."   The New Yorker

Block 7

Peter Behrens
Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

Governor General Award-winning novelist and journalist, author of novels including The Law of Dreams, The O'Briens, and most recently, Carry Me. Sponsored by The Albert H. Daehler Endowed Fund for English.

            "Behrens captures his narrator’s naïveté and the casual anti-Semitism of the       times with great skill and intelligence . . . as true an observation about human nature as there is."  The New York Times Book Review

Erica Dawson
Monday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

Award-winning poet whose books include Big-Eyed Afraid and The Small Blades Hurt.

            "[Dawson] generates great energy by pulling at the impossible and sometimes pleasurable tangles of what is constant in us, and what is disposable in the world."  The Slate Book Review

Block 8

Solmaz Sharif
Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

Poet who has been honored with a Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize and NEA and Stegner Fellowships, and whose first collection, Look, was a finalist for the National Book Award. 

            "Language can never be innocent. An artful lexicographer, Sharif shows us that the diameter of a word is often as devastating as the diameter of a bomb."--The New York Times Book Review

Jenny Boully
Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

Author of six books of poetry and prose including the critically acclaimed The Body: An Essay

            "[Boully] uses form in a way that undercuts our every expectation based on previous encounters with poetry."  Boston Review