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Visiting Writers Series

Spring 2018 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

Thursday, Feb. 1, Lynda Barry, 7 p.m., Celeste Theatre in Cornerstone Arts Center Sponsored by Cornerstone Arts Week

Widely credited with expanding the literary, thematic, and emotional range of American comics, Lynda Barry created the seminal comic strip, Ernie Pook’s Comeek.  Her 21 books include “The Freddie Stories,” “Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book,” “What It Is,” and “The Good Times Are Killing Me,” which was adapted into an off-Broadway play. 

“Lynda Barry has no peer.”   — The New York Times Book Review

Block 6

Thursday, Feb. 22, Matt Kirkpatrick, 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall in the Worner Campus Center

Matthew Kirkpatrick is the author of “Diary of a Pennsylvania Farmer,” “The Exiles,” and “Light Without Heat.” His work has appeared in The Rumpus, The Common, Denver Quarterly, and other journals. His audio collage and hypertext “The Silent Numbers” was featured in the “Shapeshifting Texts” exhibit at the University of Bremen.

"Kirkpatrick puts pressure on the stories we think we know, troubling them, leaving behind only the uncanny sense that no one is who they say they are." — Lauren Perez

Wednesday, Feb. 28, Ana Castillo, 7 p.m.,  Gaylord Hall in Worner Campus Center Sponsored by the Andrew Norman Guest Lecturer Series.

Recipient of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Carl Sandburg Award, and the Sor Juana Achievement Award, Ana Castillo’s work includes the novels “So Far From God,”The Guardians,” and most recently, the LAMBDA Award-winning “Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me.” 

“Ana Castillo is an American treasure. Fearless, compassionate, and flat-out brilliant—she is the writer we need as we navigate the challenges of our ever-changing world.” —Tayari Jones

Thursday, Mar. 1, Colin McAllister, 7:30 p.m., Special Collections at Tutt Library

Drawing inspiration from Alberto Manguel’s “The Library at Night,” Colin McAllister interweaves music with readings from the book, historical vignettes, and visual imagery in an engaging concert-length presentation. McAllister is the guitarist and conductor for the ensemble NOISE, a co-founder of the SoundON Festival of Modern Music, and a member of the jazz ensemble, the Hennessy 6.

“But at night, when the library lamps are lit, the outside world disappears and nothing but the space of books remains in existence” — Alberto Manguel, “The Library at Night”

Block 7

Thursday, Apr. 12, Heather Ezell, 7 p.m., McHugh Commons

An alumna of the Colorado College Department of English, Heather Ezell returns to campus to read from her breakout first novel, “Nothing Left to Burn.” 

"As intense and consuming as its fiery setting, Nothing Left to Burn is nothing less than a fierce, explosive debut." — Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Block 8

Thursday, May 3, Toni Bowers, 7 p.m., Tutt Library Event Space

A scholar of British literature and culture from the Restoration to the French Revolution, Toni Bowers is the author of “Force or Fraud: British Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, 1660-1760” and “The Politics of Motherhood: British Writing and Culture, 1660-1760,” as well as many scholarly articles.

"...impressively researched, passionately argued, and eloquently written..."  — Choice, on “The Politics of Motherhood”

Thursday, May 10, David Gessner & Nina de Gramont, 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall in Worner Campus Center Co-Sponsored with Environmental Studies

David Gessner is the founder of Ecotone magazine and author of many books, including “My Green Manifesto,” “Ultimate Glory,” and “All the Wild that Remains. 

“Here is an environmental read with irreverent laughter and attentive awe both.” —Virginia Quarterly Review

Nina de Gramont is a novelist and CC alumna whose many books include “Every Little Thing in the World,” “Meet Me at the River,” and “The Last September.”

"’The Last September’ is a wonderful, glowing book populated by characters that become a part of your life long after the last page has been turned. It is the type of novel writers admire and readers long for." — Jason Mott