National Council members not only make Aspen Words programming possible, they make it exceptional. Through an annual donation of $2,500 or more, National Council members have a direct impact on all of our programs: Aspen Summer Words, Winter Words, Writers in Residence, Writers in the Schools, Story Swap, and more. In return, they receive unparalleled access to the greatest contemporary writers of our time.

Members receive passes and best-of-house reserved seating to Winter Words and Aspen Summer Words, along with invitations to private dinners with our award-winning and bestselling Winter Words authors and acclaimed Writers in Residence. Our quarterly newsletter keeps the National Council intimately connected to the pulse of literature today, with breaking news from the publishing world, writer success stories, reading recommendations, as well as video, photos, and other updates about our work in Roaring Fork Valley schools.

Lastly, because we know all of our National Council members love great writing, and in appreciation for all they do to encourage new (and established) voices, we share with them an amazing publication, One-Story, a literary magazine that contains, quite simply, one story. Approximately every three-four weeks, National Council members are sent a copy of One Story. We promise it will be an amazing read, from a voice you’ve never heard.

Join the National Council and feel the immediate impact of your giving.

Erin Lentz, Co-Chair
Blanca O’Leary, Co-Chair

Lizbeth + John Adams
Carol + Robert Auld
Claudia + Richard Balderston
Cara + Robert Barnes
Edie Barvin
Bruce Berger
Sallie + Tom Bernard
Suzanne Bober + Steve Kahn
Kitty Boone
Kendall Cafritz
Elaine + Harris Cahn
Tara Carson
Sue Edelstein + Bill Spence
Terena + Anders Eisner
Bruce Etkin
Joan Fabry + Michael Klein
Barbara Fergus
Jessica + John Fullerton
Diane Goldberg + Bill Hunckler
Jamie + Bush Helzberg
Ellen + Bill Hunt
Jane Jenkins
Gerri Karetsky + Larry Naughton
Jill + Curtis Kaufman
Marcella Larsen & Chip Chilson
Thomas McKinley
Beth + Josh Mondry
Stephanie + Michael Naidoff
Helen + Wally Obermeyer
Susan O’Bryan
Cathy O’Connell + Fred Venrick
Anne + Arnold Porath
Dipika Rai
Barbara Reese
Mary + Patrick Scanlan
Isa Catto Shaw + Daniel Shaw
Michelle Smith
Mark Tompkins + Serena Koenig
Linda + Dennis Vaughn