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Visiting Writer Series

2014-2015 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.

HAMPTON SIDES
Thursday, September 11, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Bestselling author of “Ghost Soldiers” and “Blood and Thunder,” Colorado College’s newly appointed journalist-in-residence reads from his magisterial new work “In the Kingdom of Ice.” Sides is editor-at-large for Outside magazine and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Esquire.

Sponsored by the Ian and Susan Griffis Visiting Writers Fund.

MICHAEL NAVA
Monday, September 15, 7:00 pm
Slocum Commons

CC alumnus, author of the acclaimed series of Henry Rios mysteries, including “Rag and Bone” and “The Hidden Law,” reading from his superb new historical novel“The City of Palaces.”

KATE NORTHROP
Monday October 13th, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Acclaimed poet, author of “Clean,” “Things Are Disappearing Here” (a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice”) and “Back Through Interruption.” Reading with H.L. Hix, whose many books include “Incident Light” and “As Much As, If Not More Than.”

Sponsored by the D.J. MacLean Endowed Fund for English.

SCOTT ANDERSON
Tuesday, October 28th, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Novelist, journalist, and war correspondent, author of “Triage,” “Moonlight Hotel,” and “The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The Dangerous Life and Mysterious Disappearance of an American Hero,” reading from and discussing his new work, “Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East.”

Sponsored by the Ian and Susan Griffis Visiting Writers Fund.

KEVIN HART
Thursday, November 6th, 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall (both events)

Kevin Hart, philosopher, theologian, and poet, author or editor of more than 30 books, including “Flame Tree,” “Young Rain,” and “Morning Knowledge,” and such works of criticism as “Postmodernism: A Beginner’s Guide” and “Clandestine Encounters: Philosophy in the Narratives of Maurice Blanchot.” Afternoon lecture, “Eliot’s Rose-Garden” followed by an evening poetry reading

Co-sponsored with the Religion Department and the Sheffer Fund.

KATHRYN HARRISON
Tuesday, November 11th, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Celebrated author of “Envy,” “The Seal Wife,” “Poison,” “the memoir,” “The Kiss,” and the acclaimed essay collection, “Seeking Rapture: Scenes from A Woman’s Life,” Harrison reads and discusses her new work, “Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured.”

Sponsored by the Ian and Susan Griffis Visiting Writers Fund.

KATE GALE
Thursday, November 13th, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Kate Gale, poet and librettist, founding editor of Red Hen Press, whose books include “The Goldilocks Zone,” “Mating Season,” and “Lake of Fire.”

JIM SHEPARD
Tuesday, December 2nd, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

National Book Award nominee and master of prose fiction, author of the novels “Lights Out in the Reptile House,” “Nosferatu,” and “Project X” and several indispensable collections of short fiction, including “Love and Hydrogen,” “Like You’d Understand,” “Anyway,” and “You Think That’s Bad.”

Sponsored by the NEH Professorship.

ANDREW PYPER
Thursday, December 4th, 7:00 pm
Bemis Great Hall

#1 National Bestselling suspense novelist — author of the “Demonologist” and “Lost Girls” —takes us behind the page and shows how the most important sentence to a novel is one that will never appear in the text itself: the story’s logline. This practical lecture and workshop will take “ideas for a novel” through the pre-writing steps that will strengthen the story’s concept, open it to its full potential, and improve its chances for finding a home in the publishing marketplace.

Made possible by the Office of Residential Life and the Office of the Dean of Students.

ASPEN MATIS
Tuesday, December 9th, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

CC alumna and New York Times correspondent reads and discusses her memoir, “Girl in the Woods,” an agonizing but also hopeful story of survival in the wake of a horrific trauma and her quest to find acceptance and healing in nature.

COLUM MCCANN
Thursday, December 11th, 7:00 pm
Armstrong Theater

Acclaimed author of the National Book Award-winning novel “Let The Great World Spin,” as well as “Zoli,” “Dancer,” and, most recently, “Transatlantic.” One of the most unforgettable and necessary voices of our time.

Made possible by the Lloyd Lecture Fund.

ROBERT PINSKY
Wednesday, January 28th, 7:00 pm
Richard F. Celeste Theatre, Cornerstone Arts Center

Former poet laureate of the United States, Pulitzer Prize nominee, winner of the Lenore Marshall Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, as well as the Howard Morton Landon Translation Prize for his best-selling translation of “The Inferno of Dante,” author of “Democracy, Culture, and the Voice of Poetry,” as well as “The Figured Wheel: New And Collected Poems, 1966-1996,” lecturing as part of the Cornerstone Arts exploration of lineation on “The Mighty Line.”

Sponsored by the NEH Professorship.

KENT NELSON
Thursday, February 5th,7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Renown Colorado novelist and prodigious birdwatcher, author of the novels “Language in the Blood” and “Land that Moves, Land that Stands Still,” and most recently, “The Spirit Bird,” a collection of short fiction that was awarded the Drue Heinz Literature Prize for short fiction.

Made possible, in part, through the assistance of the University of Pittsburgh Press.

NATE MARSHALL
Tuesday, February 10th, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

An important new voice emerging from Chicago’s Southside, the author of “Blood Percussion,” co-editor of “The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop,” and the star of the award-winning poetry documentary “Louder Than A Bomb.”

Sponsored by the NEH Professorship.

JIM MOORE
Thursday, February 19, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Beloved CC faculty member and poet, the author of six collections of poetry, including “Invisible Strings,” “Lightning at Dinner,” “The Long Experience of Love,” and “The Free-dom of History” reading from his latest book, “Underground: New and Selected Poems.”

LISA LOCASCIO
Wednesday, February 25th, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Author of the novel “Peculiar Qualifications” and short fiction that has appeared in Salon, American Short Fiction, and n+1 reads from her work and discusses her craft.

DAVE MASON
Thursday March 26th, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

CC faculty member and poet celebrates the publication of his new book, “Davey McGravy: Tales for Children and Adult Children.”

HEATHER DUNDAS
Thursday, April 2nd, 2014, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Playwright, scholar, journalist, and noted short story writer, reads from her work and discusses her writing process.

BRYAN HURT
Thursday, May 7th, 7:00 pm
Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall

Visiting assistant professor at Colorado College and prose magician whose work has appeared in Tin House, TriQuarterly, and the Kenyon Review, editor of the acclaimed collection, “The Loudest Voice” reading from his fiction and discussing his approach to his craft.