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Visiting Writers Series Brings Variety of Authors to Campus

Meet a collection of award-winning writers as part of Colorado College’s Visiting Writers Series. This fall’s lineup includes Berlin Prize winner Lance Olsen, Pulitzer Prize poetry finalist Diane Seuss, and winner of the prestigious Ingeborg-Bachmann Prize Sharon Doua Otto.

The popular series – free and open to the public – covers a diverse range of genres from fiction to poetry to creative writing. Here’s the fall lineup:

Sept. 7: Lance Olsen
The author of more than 20 books of and about innovative writing, including, most recently, “Dreamlives in Debris,” Olsen has been honored with Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, as well as the Berlin Prize and a D.A.A.D. Artist-in-Berlin Residency. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, BOMB, McSweeney’s, and “Best American Non-Required Reading.”
7 p.m., McHugh Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave. (Above The Preserve at the Western Ridge Apartment Complex.)

Oct. 2: Diane Seuss
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. Her new volume, “Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl,” is forthcoming in 2018.  Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry magazine, Brevity and The Missouri Review, as well as “The Best American Poetry 2014.”
7 p.m., Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.

Oct. 9: Sharon Dodua Otoo
Winner of the prestigious Ingeborg-Bachmann Prize at the 2016 Festival of German Language Literature, Otoo describes herself as a “Black British mother, activist, author, and editor.” Her novellas, “the things i am thinking while smiling politely” and “Synchronicity,” are published in both English and German.
5 p.m., Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.

Oct. 17: Michael Finkel
Finkel’s book “True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa” was adapted into a major motion picture. He has written for National Geographic, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine. His most recent work is “Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit.”
7 p.m., Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.

Oct. 26: Indigenous Reading Series with Layli Long Soldier, Byron F. Aspaas, and Jennifer Elise Foerster
Long Soldier has received a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and a Whiting Award for her debut book of poetry, “Whereas.” Byron F. Aspaas is Diné and has earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His work has appeared in Red Ink, Yellow Medicine Review, As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, Denver Quarterly, and The Rumpus. He is Red Running into the Water; born for the Bitter Water People.
Foerster, whose first book of poems is titled “Leaving Tulsa,” was awarded a 2017 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Foerster graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts and held a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University.
7 p.m., Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.

Nov. 9: A Celebration of Colorado Poet Belle Turnbull
A new book in the Unsung Masters Series (Pleiades Press) reintroduces the work of Colorado writer Belle Turnbull, who published poems in The New York Times, The Saturday Review of Literature, Poetry magazine, and other publications. Writers including David Rothman, Uche Ogbuje, and David Mason will present and discuss Turnbull’s work.
7 p.m., McHugh Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave. (Above The Preserve at the Western Ridge Apartment Complex.)

Nov. 30: Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer and Ramona Ausubel
Kuitenbrouwer’s works of fiction include “All the Broken Things,” “ Perfecting,” “The Nettle Spinner,” and “Way Up.” She received the Sidney Prize for Fiction and a Danuta Gleed Award, and her work has been shortlisted for Canada Reads, the Toronto Book Award, the ReLit Prize, and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award.
Ausubel’s “Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty” was a San Francisco Chronicle and NPR best book of the year. She is also the author of “No One is Here Except All of Us,” winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction, and “A Guide to Being Born,” a New York Times Notable Book.
7 p.m., McHugh Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave. (Above The Preserve at the Western Ridge Apartment Complex.)