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Visiting Writers Series

Spring 2016 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

Michael Paterniti: “The Art of the Tale.”
Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

National Magazine Award-winning journalist and author of “Driving Mr. Albert” and “The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese,” reads and discusses most recent work, the essay collection “Love and Other Ways of Dying,” which was long listed for the 2015 National Book Award in Nonfiction. Sponsored by the Journalist in Residence Lecture Series.

Greil Marcus
Thursday, Jan 28 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

Legendary music critic and author of “Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music” and “Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century” discusses his newest work, “Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations.” Funded by the NEH Professorship. 

Peter Breslow: “‘Did We Roll on That?’: Misadventures of a NPR Producer.”
Monday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

National Public Radio senior producer who has been around the planet more than once for NPR — from Mt. Everest to Mogadishu, from Baltimore to Benghazi — plays excerpts from some of his favorite stories, explains what in the world a producer does anyway, and talks about how the weekly production of “Weekend Edition” comes together. Sponsored by the Journalist in Residence Lecture Series. 

Block 6

Claudia Rankine
Monday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in Celeste Theatre

National Book Award finalist and winner of National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, author of “Citizen: An American Lyric,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” and the play “Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue.” Funded by the Edith Kinney Gaylord Fund.  

Janice Gould
Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

Koyoonk’auwi poet and winner of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Writers, Gould is the author of “Beneath My Heart,” “Alphabet,” “Earthquake Weather” (1996), and “Doubters and Dreamers” (2011) Gould is the current Pikes Peak poet laureate. 

Nino Ricci
Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

Two-time winner of the Governor-General’s Award and author of “Testament” and “Lives of the Saints,” Ricci reads from his newest novel, “Sleep.” Funded by the The Albert H. Daehler Endowed Fund for English. 

David Mason: Poetry and Wilderness
Wednesday March 2 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

The former Colorado poet laureate and current CC faculty member reads work by himself and others about the wild. Mason’s books include “Ludlow,” “Sea Salt,” and “Davey McGravy.” Co-sponsored by the Pikes Peak Sierra Club. 

Block 7

Ian Williams
Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

Author of “Personals,” shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, and “Not Anyone’s Anything,” winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada. Williams was named one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC. Funded by the NEH Professorship.   

John Vaillant
Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

Governor-General Award-winning author of “The Golden Spruce” and “The Tiger” reads from his newest work, “The Jaguar’s Children.” Sponsored by the Journalist in Residence Lecture Series.

Raza Ali Hasan
Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in Gates Common Room

Pakistani-American poet and author of “Grieving Shias” and “67 Mogul Miniatures” reads from his third poetry collection “Sorrows of the Warrior Class.” Funded by the NEH Professorship. 

Juan Morales
Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

Author of “Friday and the Year That Followed,” winner of the 2005 Rhea Seymour and Gorsline Poetry Prize, CantoMundo Fellow, and the editor/publisher of Pilgrimage magazine, reads from his new work “The Siren World.” Funded by the NEH Professorship. 

Peter Behrens
Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

Governor-General Award winner and author of “The Law of Dreams” and “The O’Briens” reads from his new novel, “Carry Me.” Funded by the The Albert H. Daehler Endowed Fund for English. 

Warren Zanes
Tuesday, Apr. 5 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

Former member of the Del Fuegos and vice president at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, currently the executive director of Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. Zanes reads and discusses his newest work, “Petty: A Biography.” Funded by the NEH Professorship. 

Ross Gresham and Ann Perramond
Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Bemis Great Hall

Gresham, author of the forthcoming mystery novel “White Shark,” reads with Colorado Springs’ own Anne Myers, author of the culinary cozy mystery “Bread of the Dead” and the forthcoming “Cinco de Mayhem.” 

Block 8

Byron F. Aspaas, Jennifer Foerster, Paige Buffington, and James Thomas Stevens
Monday, Apr. 25 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall

Colorado Springs author Byron F. Aspaas, Diné, reads with former Stegner Fellow Jennifer Foerster, Muscogee Nation, author of “Leaving Tulsa,” a finalist for the 2014 Open Book Awards; Paige Buffington, Diné, a three-time recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship; and James Thomas Stevens, Akwesasne Mohawk Nation, author of seven books of poetry, including “Combing the Snakes from His Hair,” which won a Whiting Writer’s Award, and “A Bridge Dead in the Water,” a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Funded by the N.E.H. Professorship.