Archived Visiting Writers Series

Spring 2022 Calendar


Block Five

Manny Loley

Tuesday, February 4, 2022. 5 p.m.

Manny Loley is ‘Áshįįhi born for Tó Baazhní’ázhí; his maternal grandparents are the Tódích’íi’nii and his paternal grandparents are the Kinyaa’áanii. Loley is from Casamero Lake, New Mexico. He holds an M.F.A. in fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts and he is a current Ph.D. candidate in English and literary arts at the University of Denver. Loley is a member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: Diné Writers’ Collective and director of the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute. He is also the program coordinator for Six Directions: Indigenous Creative Writing Program through Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, CO. His work has found homes in Pleaides Magazine,  the Massachusetts Review, the Santa Fe Literary Review, Broadsided Press, the Yellow Medicine Review, and the Diné Reader: an Anthology of Navajo Literature, among others. His writing has been thrice nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Loley is at work on a novel titled They Collect Rain in Their Palm.


Block Six

Hillary Leftwich

Tuesday, February 22, 2022. 5 p.m.

Hillary Leftwich is the author of three books:
Ghosts Are Just Strangers Who Know How to Knock (CCMPress, 2019), Aura, a memoir, (Future Tense Books, 2022), and Saint Dymphna’s Playbook (PANK Books,2023). She received her MFA in fiction and poetry from The Mile High MFA at Regis University. She reads/selects/judges for The Colorado Book Awards (2021) and is a Kenyon Review scholarship alumnus (CNF, 2021). Her writing has been published in print and online in Best Small Fictions (2021),The Rumpus, Entropy, Denver Quarterly, and others. She is the owner of Alchemy Author Services & Writing Workshop, teaches creative writing at Lighthouse Writers and University of Denver’s College for Professional Studies. She lives in Denver with her partner, son, and their cat, Larry, where she also hosts/organizes At the Inkwell Denver, a literary reading series and liberated space for all voices.


Fatimah Asghar & Safia Elhillo

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 5 p.m.

Fatimah Asghar is a writer and filmmaker. In 2011 she created a spoken word poetry group in Bosnia and Herzegovina while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-genocidal countries. She is the writer and co-creator of Brown Girls, an Emmy-Nominated web series. A Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, she was also featured on the 2017 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. She is the author of If They Come For Us (One World, 2018). She is the co-editor of Halal If You Hear Me, an anthology that celebrates Muslim writers who are also women, queer, gender nonconforming and/or trans.

Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), which received the the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and an Arab American Book Award, Girls That Never Die (One World/Random House 2021), and the novel in verse Home Is Not A Country (Make Me A World/Random House, 2021). With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019). She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and lives in Oakland.



Fall 2021 Calendar

Sponsored by the Colorado College English Department with the support of the MacLean Visiting Writers Endowment. All events are presented online only and are open to the public. Advance registration is required. Please use the link provided for each event.

Block One

Nora Brooks Blakely

Tuesday, September 14, 2021. 6 p.m. 

Nora Brooks Blakely, a former teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, founded Chocolate Chips Theatre Company (1982-2011) and was its primary playwright. Ms. Blakely is the daughter of two writers, Henry Blakely and Gwendolyn Brooks. She founded Brooks Permissions, in 2001. The company licenses and promotes her mother's work and develops programming and publications which demonstrate Gwendolyn Brooks' continuing relevance. Nora's first picture book, Moyenda and The Golden Heart, is an origin tale for Kwanzaa. It will be released this fall.

Block Two

Rajiv Mohabir
October 5, 2021. 5 p.m.

Rajiv Mohabir is the author of three collections of poetry: Cutlish (Four Way Books 2021), The Cowherd’s Son (Winner of the Kundiman Prize, Tupelo Press 2017), and The Taxidermist’s Cut (Winner of the Four Way Books Intro Prize, Four Way Books 2016). He also translated I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara (1916) (Kaya Press 2019) received the 2020 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the American Academy of Poets. His memoir Antiman (Restless Books 2021) received the Restless Books’ New Immigrant Writing Prize. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of poetry in the MFA program at Emerson College, translations editor at Waxwing Journal.

Brandon Shimoda
October 19, 2021, 5 p.m.

Brandon Shimoda is the author of several books of poetry and prose, most recently The Grave on the Wall (City Lights, 2019), which received the PEN Open Book Award, and The Desert (The Song Cave, 2018). His forthcoming books are Hydra Medusa (Nightboat Books) and a book of nonfiction on the afterlife of Japanese American incarceration, for which he received a Creative Nonfiction grant from the Whiting Foundation. He is brand new to Colorado Springs, where he is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Colorado College.


Block Three

Dot Devota
November 2, 2020. 5 p.m.

Dot Devota is the author of The Division of Labor (Rescue Press), And The Girls Worried Terribly (Noemi Press), The Eternal Wall (Book*hug), Dept. of Posthumous Letters (Argos Books), and most recently, PMS: A journal In Verse (Rescue Press). Excerpts from her nonfiction novel, MW: A Field Guide to the Midwest, are published in PEN AmericaDenver Quarterly, and on the Poetry Foundation, among other places. Her recent manuscript >SHE is a work of autoimmunefiction. Devota's Wall Poems are large-scale calligraphic installations which have exhibited nationally at museums and galleries. She has given readings in Syria, Lebanon, Japan, Taiwan, and throughout Europe and North America.

Block Four

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
December 7, 2021 5 p.m.

Kathryn Walsh Kuitenbrouwer is a Canadian writer who resides in a pre-Confederation settler stone house in the middle of Ontario, Canada on Mohawk territory. Her teaching interests are creativity and creative writing, particularly writing that emerges from the passions and idiosyncratic desires of the writer. She believes that our best stories can be located in the hidden corners of our unconscious selves. Her personal interests include ethical and local food production (and eating it), dogs, forests, gleaning, swimming, short runs, long walks, random dance breaks, and psychoanalytic theory. Oh, yes, and writing. She likes drawing things from nature, painting, dressing up in costume, laughing, and finding pleasure in odd places. Her boss once remarked of her that she was “suspiciously happy.” This is mostly true. She has published three novels, a book of short stories, as well as, many essays, reviews, interviews, and short stories internationally. You can discover more at





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