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Visiting Writers Series

Fall 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 1

Tuesday, Sep. 11, Julia Dixon Evans, 7 p.m., JLK McHugh Commons

Julia Dixon Evans is the author of the novel How to Set Yourself on Fire (Dzanc Books, 2018). Her work can be found or is forthcoming in McSweeney's, Paper Darts, New York Tyrant / Tyrant Books, Barrelhouse, San Diego CityBeat, and elsewhere. She is the Founding Editor and host of Last Exit, a brand new literary journal, reading, and workshop series. She also serves as Senior Columns Editor for The Coil is Nonfiction Editor for Noble / Gas Qrtrly. She was a 2014 PEN in the Community Resident, and taught creative writing to ARTS' TranscenDANCE youth dancers, and is the former Program Director and editor for So Say We All, a literary nonprofit. She lives in San Diego.

“Offbeat and winning...the story of a surprisingly touching friendship between a 35-year-old woman and her 12-year-old neighbor...It’s impossible not to be charmed by Torrey and Sheila’s relationship.” —Publishers Weekly

Block 2

Thursday, Sep. 27, Diane Seuss, 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall in the Worner Campus Center, with support from the D.J. MacLean Fund for English

Diane Seuss is the author of three poetry collections, including Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and Four-Legged Girl, which was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The New York Times Book Review calls her newest volume, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, a “marvelous, complex, attractive, frightening book.” Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Brevity, and The Missouri Review, as well as The Best American Poetry (2014).

“Every poem changes perspective in surprising ways with psychographic messages, because Seuss sees a world that combines versatility, tenderness, and sheer lingual strength. . . . Craft, brightness, darkness; she’s writing at the top of her game.” —Washington Independent Review of Books

Tuesday, Oct. 2, Helen Thorpe, 3 p.m., Gates Common Room in Palmer Hall, Co-Sponsored with the Pikes Peak Library District

Helen Thorpe is an award-winning journalist who lives in Denver, Colorado. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, and 5280. Her most recent book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom, is the 2018 PPLD All Pikes Peak Read selection.

“A delicate and heartbreaking mystery story...Thorpe’s book is a reminder that in an era of nativism, some Americans are still breaking down walls and nurturing newcomers, the seeds of the great American experiment.” —The New York Times Book Review

Tuesday, Oct. 9, Juan Morales, 7 p.m., JLK McHugh Commons

Juan J. Morales is the son of an Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father. He is the author of three poetry collections, including Friday and the Year That Followed, The Siren World, and The Handyman’s Guide to End Times (UNM Press). His poetry has appeared in CSPAN2, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pleiades, Poetry Daily, and others. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Macondista, the Editor/Publisher of Pilgrimage Press, and Department Chair of English & World Languages at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Of The Handyman’s Guide to End Times: “These poems are filled with energy and velocity and are at once intimate and grand. Smart, sharp, and intimate, Morales is a truly gifted writer.”—Kevin Prufer, author of How He Loved Them

Block 3

Thursday, Nov. 8, Esther Belin, 7 p.m., JLK McHugh Commons, Co-Sponsored with the NEH Professorship

Esther G. Belin is an award-winning Diné poet and multimedia artist. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in outlets including Wicazo Sa Review, BOMB, Democracy Now!, and Studies in American Indian Literatures. She considers the following locations her homeland: LA, Durango, Diné bike'yah.  Her writing and art grow from and are an offering to the collective humanity, bila' ashdla'ii.

“Esther G. Belin’s newest collection of poetry, Of Cartography, is a moving and innovative work, bringing together poetry and indigenous experiences and knowledge of space.”—Transmotion

Block 4

Monday, Dec. 3, Ramona Ausubel and Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall in Worner Campus Center, with support from the Albert H. Daehler Fund for English

RAMONA AUSUBEL is the author of two novels and two story collections. Her most recent book, Awayland, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. She is also the author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, No One is Here Except All of Us and A Guide to Being Born. She is the recipient of the PEN/USA Fiction Award, the Cabell First Novelist Award and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Tin House, One Story, Ploughshares and many other journals.

“Anxious, whimsical, and deeply felt, Ausubel’s stories weave a remarkable and beautiful tapestry of emotion.” –Los Angeles Review of Books

KATHRYN WALSH KUITENBROUWER is the bestselling author of the novels All the Broken Things, Perfecting, and The Nettle Spinner. Her short-story collection Way Up won a Danuta Gleed Award and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Kuitenbrouwer's recent short fiction has been published in Granta, The Walrus, Maclean’s, Joyland, 7X7 LA, and Storyville. She is an instructor with the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies, Associate Faculty with the University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA, and she works on creativity, language, and enchantment in the English Department at the University of Toronto.

[Kuitenbrouwer] is a fearless writer: she considers the full spectrum of human nature—from the monstrous to the wondrous—with a clear gaze and a capacious heart.” —Alissa York, author of Effigy and Fauna

Monday, Dec.10, Stanley Crawford, 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall in Worner Campus Center Sponsored by the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies

Stanley Crawford is the author of eight novels, among which is The Log of the S.S. The Mrs Unguentine (1972) and three works of nonfiction about Northern New Mexico, including A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm. Recent novels include Seed (2015), Intimacy (2016), The Canyon (2015), and Village (2017).  An NEA Writing Fellow and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award winner, Crawford has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Bellagio Study Center, and Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington. He taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts, UMass/Amherst, and Colorado College.

"While refusing to make sense of the world he has conjured, Crawford has created quite a strange, wonderful ode in its honor." –Publishers Weekly