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Visiting Writers Series

Fall 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 venue locations and parking, please see the campus map. For more information, call (719) 389-6853.

Block 1

Sept. 3, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, 7 p.m., Jerome P. McHugh Commons

Visiting Associate Professor of English and author of All the Broken Things, Perfecting, and The Nettle Spinner.

Sept. 12, Nate Marshall, 7 p.m., South Hall Commons

Nate Marshall is an award-winning writer, educator, and speaker from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author and editor of numerous works including Wild Hundreds, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and the audio drama Bruh Rabbit & The Fantastic Telling of Remington Ellis Esq. His next book, FINNA, is due out in 2020 from One World/Random House. He is an assistant professor of English at Colorado College. He has bars.

Block 2

Oct. 7, Dominique Christina with SpeakEasy Opening, 7 p.m., Kathryn Mohrman Theater, Armstrong Hall

Spoken word performance by award-winning poet, author, educator, and activist Dominique Christina. She holds five national poetry slam titles in four years, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. Her work is greatly influenced by her family's legacy in the Civil Rights Movement and by the idea that words make worlds. Her poetry collections are: The Bones, The Breaking, The Balm: A Colored Girl's Hymnal, published by Penmanship Books, and They Are All Me, published by Swimming With Elephants Publishing. Her third book, This Is Woman's Work, published by SoundsTrue Publishing, is the radical exploration of 20 archetypal incarnations of womanness and the creative process. She has done branding and marketing language for Abbot Meade & Vickers Ad Agency (U.K) and Under Armour and is a writer/actor for the HBO series High Maintenance Season 2. Co-sponsored by START, SpeakEasy, and the Wellness Resource Center.

Oct. 8, Colum McCann, 5 p.m., South Hall Commons

National Book Award winner and author of Transatlantic.

Oct. 10, Rick Van Noy, 7 p.m. Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center - CANCELLED

CC-alum and author of Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South (2019), A Natural Sense of Wonder: Connecting Kids with Nature Through the Seasons (2008), and Surveying the Interior: Literary Cartographers and the Sense of Place (2003).

Block 3

Oct. 25, Natanya Pulley: Book Launch and Reception, 5:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center

A book discussion and reception to celebrate the publication of With Teeth.

Nov. 6, José Olivarez, 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants and the author of the book of poems, Citizen Illegal a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Chicago Magazine & elsewhere.

Block 4

Dec. 3, Alison Rollins, 7:00 pm, Jerome P. McHugh Commons

Alison C. Rollins, born and raised in St. Louis city, currently works as the Lead Teaching & Learning Librarian at Colorado College. She is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature fellow. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she is also a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. In 2018 she was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award. Her debut poetry collection, Library of Small Catastrophes (Copper Canyon Press) is available now.