Department of English
Auraria Writers Week 2015
Set your calendar app for April 27 - 30
You're invited to the following events, free and open to all Auraria students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Get instant updates at: aurariawriters.wordpress.com
Colorado Poet Laureate: Joseph Hutchison
Monday, April 27 at 12 pm, Confluence Building
Joseph Hutchison, recently appointed to a four-year term as Poet Laureate of Colorado, is the author of 15 collections of poems, including Marked Men, Thread of the Real, The Earth-Boat, and Bed of Coals (winner of the Colorado Poetry Award). His poems have appeared in over 100 journals and more than 25 anthologies. He has co-edited two anthologies, Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai and A Song for Occupations: Poems about the American Way of Work (with Gary Schroeder), and he continues to produce a literary blog, The Perpetual Bird, which he founded in 2006. The Satire Lounge, a collection of his satirical poems, and Ephemeral, his translations from the Spanish of Mexican fabulist Miguel Lupián, are both forthcoming in 2015. He currently teaches graduate courses in writing and literature at the University of Denver’s University College, where he also serves as Interim Academic Director of Arts & Culture and Global Affairs. Born in Denver, he lives in the mountains southwest of Denver with his wife, Iyengar yoga instructor Melody Madonna.
The Forbidden and the Hidden: Women Write the Rockies
Tuesday, April 28 at 12 pm, Tivoli Multicultural Lounge
- Theresa Crater has published four novels, a handful of short stories, and one lone poem. She teaches British literature and creative writing at MSU Denver.
- Annie Dawid, author of two collections of short stories, And Darkness Was Under His Feet and Lily in the Desert, and one novel, York Ferry, teaches novel writing at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. She reviews books for High Country News and Colorado Central.
- Veronica Patterson’s poetry collections include How to Make a Terrarium; Swan, What Shores?; Thresh & Hold; & it had rained; and two chapbooks—This Is the Strange Part and Maneuvers.
- Renée Ruderman has two books, Poems from the Rooms Below and Certain Losses, and a third manuscript of poetry under consideration. She teaches creative writing at MSU Denver.
- Eleanor Swanson's most recent short story collection won the 2014 Press Americana Prize and was published by Hollywood Books. She is also an award-winning poet.
- Kathleen Willard received a Fulbright Hays Scholarship to travel and write in India, a Colorado Creative Industries Career Development Grant to fund her residency at Vermont Studio Center, and the ACC Writer's Studio Literary Award. Her poetry appears in many literary journals.
- Kathy Winograd is the author of Phantom Canyon: Essays of Reclamation, her journey as a survivor into the spiritual healing of the natural world, and Air Into Breath, a Colorado Book Award Winner in Poetry.
Student Open-Mic Short Poetry and Prose
Tuesday, April 28 at 2 pm, Tivoli Multicultural Lounge
Calling all students: bring some short poetry or prose to share with the world at this exciting open-mic opportunity.
Emerging Writers: David MacLean and Casey Gray
Wednesday, April 29 at 12 pm, Tivoli Multicultural Lounge
David Stuart MacLean is a PEN/American Award–winning writer. His memoir, The Answer to the Riddle is Me, has been lauded as “raw, honest and beautiful.” His work has appeared in the New York Times, Ploughshares and on the radio program This American Life. He has a PhD from the University of Houston and is a cofounder of the Poison Pen Reading Series. He lives in Chicago.
Casey Gray teaches at New Mexico State University. His work has appeared in Ploughshares. His first novel, Discount, is forthcoming from Overlook Press. The primary setting for the book is a big-box retailer in southern New Mexico. The narrative point of view follows customers and associates as their disparate lives and stories rise and converge, affecting each other in subtle and profound ways.
Auraria Writers Spotlight
Wednesday, April 29 at 2 pm, Tivoli Multicultural Lounge
- Brian Dickson is a firm believer in the power of creativity, how it shapes our lives, and cultivates that through gardening, cooking, letterpress printing, worm farming and biking. He has two chapbooks, In a Heart’s Rut and Maybe This is How Tides Work. His first book, All Points Radiant, is forthcoming from WordTech Editions this year.
- Roger Green has released four studio albums, including a soundtrack to Laird Hunt's novel, The Impossibly (coffeehouse press). He was a longtime member of the The Czars, whose Best of The Czars was released on Bella Union records in December 2014. He has worked with artists Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Simon Raymond (Cocteau Twins), and the visual artist, Nick Cave. He has musically collaborated with writers such as Anne Waldman, Eleni Sikelianos, and Selah Saterstrom. He teaches writing, songwriting, and Children's Literature at MSU Denver and publishes scholarly work on psychedelic aesthetics and political theology.
- Mikkilynn Olmsted writes creative nonfiction and poetry. At the moment, above her writing desk is a postcard of the rolling hills of San Francisco Bay and a news photo of an Australian koala as reminders to be open to the environments she (and her characters) inhabit. Her writing often reflects the places she’s lived, including Puerto Rico, Kentucky, Nevada, and Colorado. She teaches creative writing and composition at MSU Denver.
- Nancy Stohlman‘s books include The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories; The Monster Opera; Searching for Suzi: a flash novel; Live From Palestine; and three anthologies of flash fiction including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape, which was a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award. She is a founding member of Fast Forward Press, the creator and curator of The F-Bomb Flash Fiction Reading Series in Denver, and the lead singer of the lounge metal band Kinky Mink.
- Jefferey H. Taylor is a Professor of English at MSU Denver, where he teaches courses on Mythology, Shakespeare, Old English, and a senior seminar on Tolkien and the Oxford Inklings. His main research focus lies in demonstrating the evolution of consciousness through shifts in theatricality and allegory in the Medieval and Renaissance periods.
SlamNUBA Performance and Workshop
Thursday, April 30 at 12 pm (Performance) and 1 pm (Workshop), Tivoli Turnhalle
SlamNUBA is an award-winning performance poetry event based in Denver, Colorado. Originating in 2006 as a program of the Pan African Arts Society and certified by Poetry Slam Inc, SlamNUBA has become a collective of many of the nation's finest poets. SlamNUBA has performed on every semifinals stage at the National Poetry Slam (The Largest Poetry Gathering in the World). The squad has made finals stage three times: 2007, 2011, 2014. SlamNUBA placed fourth in 2007 and 2014. In 2011, SlamNUBA won The National Poetry Slam Championship. Every single member of the SlamNUBA has appeared on at least one final stage in the trio of large competitions put on by PSI. SlamNUBA was inducted to the Denver Westword's Mastermind Class of 2011. This award is given to creative people and groups who serve the Denver community with an invaluable service or product. The SlamNUBA collective presents a feature poet, open mic and slam event every last Friday of every month at The Crossroads Theater in the historic 5 Points district in Denver.
Thanks to our sponsors: Metropolitan State University of Denver Provost’s Office; College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office at the Metropolitan State University of Denver; Community College of Denver Department of English; Community College of Denver Foundation; Metropolitan State University of Denver Office of Student Activities.