Do you love to read? Aspen Words offers year-round opportunities for lovers of great literature to meet and hear from some of the world’s best contemporary writers and spoken word artists.



Each of these talented writers will offer a free public talk and reading. Copies of their books will be available at the Aspen Words office in advance of events as part of our Catch and Release initiative.

MAY: Lija Fisher
JULY: Grant Faulkner 
AUGUST: Chigozie Obioma
SEPTEMBER: Tatjana Soli
OCTOBER: Erica Bauermeister



Literary Prize
A $35,000 award recognizing influential fiction with social impact 

Founded in 2016, the Aspen Words Literary Prize is a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture. This award will engage readers with books that have the power to shape public conversation. Learn More

Readers’ Retreat
Delighting readers, expanding horizons

Aspen Words hosts an annual 3-day Readers’ Retreat at Summer Words. During moderated discussion led by experts in the book world, participants discuss literature ranging from poetry and drama to personal essays, contemporary fiction, and the classics.  Learn More

Winter Words
Discover your next favorite author


The Aspen Words staff shapes the Winter Words series with great care each year. Our aim is to introduce readers to some of the best writers publishing today, in a wide range of genres. Some will be well-known audience favorites. Others, though perhaps less known, will open unexplored worlds. One thing is certain: attendees leave these evenings with something new to think about, inspired to keep reading. Learn More

Writers in the Schools
Introducing students to contemporary writers

What makes someone love reading? It’s different for everyone. Aspen Words aims to reach and inspire young readers by introducing them to working writers. We bring some of the country’s most respected poets, novelists, creative nonfiction writers, and journalists into local classrooms to talk about what makes them tick as writers, and to share the stories behind their work. Learn More