Aspen Words is proud to present our 2018 Writers in Residence lineup. Each author will spend one month in Woody Creek, Colorado, working on a project-in-progress, and will read and discuss their work at free community events held monthly from May through October at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar in Aspen. Two author events also will be held at The Temporary in Basalt. Though these events are free and open to the public, donations at the door are encouraged.
MAY – Alex Mar
PUBLIC TALK + READING: Tuesday, May 22 @ 5:30 p.m. | HOOCH, Aspen
Alex Mar is a writer based in her hometown of New York City. Her first book, Witches of America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 in non-fiction, a New York Times Editors’ Pick, among The Millions’ “Most Anticipated Books” of 2015, one of The Believer‘s “Favorite Books” and Huffington Post Books’ “Most Notable” of 2015, and a Marie Claire “Top Book-Club Pick.” Some of her recent work has appeared in The Believer, Wired, New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, Elle, Tin House, and The Oxford American (where she is a contributing editor). She was nominated for a 2018 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, and her essays were included in both Longreads’ and BuzzFeed’s “Best of 2016” year-end lists. Formerly an editor at Rolling Stone, she has been a guest correspondent for CBS, ABC, National Public Radio, and the BBC, as well as a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. She is also the director of the feature-length documentary American Mystic, now streaming on Amazon. Mar is currently at work on her second non-fiction book, for Penguin Press.
FREE copies of “Witches of America” are available through our Catch & Release program. Pick up a copy from the Aspen Words office in the Red Brick Building at the beginning of the month. Read it, pass it along to a friend, and come meet the author at her public event!
JUNE – Francisco Cantu
PUBLIC TALK + READING: Tuesday, June 12 @ 6:00 p.m. I The Temporary, Basalt
Francisco Cantú served as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012. A former Fulbright fellow, he recently received an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Arizona. His essays and translations appear frequently in Guernica, and his work can also be found in “The Best American Essays 2016,” Ploughshares, and Orion, among others. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border” is Cantu’s account of his time tracking human border crossers. It was published by Riverhead Books in February 2018 an became and instant New York Times bestseller.
FREE copies of “The Line Becomes a River” are available through our Catch & Release program. Pick up a copy from the Aspen Words office in the Red Brick Building at the beginning of the month. Read it, pass it along to a friend, and come meet the author at his public event!
In conversation with Julie Comins Pickrell
Julie has worked as a writer, editor, copywriter, nonprofit arts administrator and actress. As a freelance writer, she has published scores of articles in shelter and lifestyle magazines and was a longtime contributing editor for Aspen Sojourner and Mountain Homestyle magazines. As an arts administrator, she served as interim director of Aspen Words, and as the organization’s executive director when it was known as the Aspen Writers’ Foundation. She has been a literary consultant for the Redford Center, where she curated an author series at Sundance. Prior to her career as a writer and arts administrator, Julie was a professional stage actress, including three seasons with Theatre Aspen.
She has served as vice president of the Aspen Words Advisory Board, and currently sits on the board of English In Action.
JULY – Kevin Fedarko
PUBLIC TALK + READING: Wednesday, July 11 @ 6:00 p.m. | The Temporary, Basalt | In conversation with Penn Newhard
PUBLIC TALK + READING: Wednesday, July 25 @ 5:30 p.m. I HOOCH, Aspen | In conversation with Daniel Shaw
Kevin Fedarko has written for Esquire, National Geographic, The New York Times, and other publications. He studied at Columbia University and Oxford before joining the staff at Time, where he served on the foreign affairs desk, then later worked as a senior editor at Outside. His first book, “The Emerald Mile,” which was a New York Times bestseller, won the National Outdoor Book Award and the Reading the West Award, and was a finalist for both the PEN Literary Sports Writing Award and the Banff Mountain Book Award. Fedarko lives and works in Flagstaff.
FREE copies of “The Emerald Mile” are available through our Catch & Release program. Pick up a copy from the Aspen Words office in the Red Brick Building at the beginning of the month. Read it, pass it along to a friend, and come meet the author at his public event!
AUGUST – Geeta Kothari
PUBLIC TALK + READING: Tuesday, August 21 @ 5:30 p.m. | HOOCH, Aspen
Geeta Kothari is the nonfiction editor of The Kenyon Review. Her writing has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including New England Review, Massachusetts Review and others. Her essay “If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?” is widely taught in universities and has been reprinted in several anthologies, including in “Best American Essays.” She is the editor of “Did My Mama Like to Dance? And Other Stories about Mothers and Daughters” and recently published a short story collection, “I Brake for Moose and Other Stories.”
FREE copies of “I Brake for Moose and Other Stories” are available through our Catch & Release program. Pick up a copy from the Aspen Words office in the Red Brick Building at the beginning of the month. Read it, pass it along to a friend, and come meet the author at her public event!
SEPTEMBER – Carole DeSanti
PUBLIC TALK + READING: Tuesday, September 18 @ 5:30 p.m. | HOOCH, Aspen
During her 30-year career in editorial acquisitions at The Penguin Group (now Penguin Random House), Carole DeSanti has stood as a champion of outstanding, original and progressive voices in fiction and nonfiction, while also achieving a singular mixture of critical and commercial success in the industry. Her publishing credits include Dorothy Allison’s contemporary classic and National Book Award finalist “Bastard out of Carolina”; Booker Prize finalist and Los Angeles Times Book Award winner Ruth Ozeki’s “A Tale for the Time Being”; the New York Times best-selling novels of Terry McMillan; and CNN co-anchor Alisyn Camerota’s “Amanda Wakes Up,” among many others. Nonfiction highlights include George Hodgman’s NBCC-nominated memoir “Bettyville” and David Servan-Schreiber’s path-breaking “Anticancer: A New Way of Life.” DeSanti’s own novel, “The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R.,” was published in 2012. DeSanti is a member of PEN, The Authors’ Guild and Poets & Writers and serves on the Creative Advisory Council of Hedgebrook. She is at work on a second novel, “Plunder: The Exploits and Adventures of the Notorious Pyrates Anne Bonny and Mary Read.”
FREE copies of “The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R.” are available through our Catch & Release program. Pick up a copy from the Aspen Words office in the Red Brick Building at the beginning of the month. Read it, pass it along to a friend, and come meet the author at her public event!
OCTOBER – Yolanda Wisher
PUBLIC TALK + READING: Tuesday, October 16 @5:30 p.m. I HOOCH, Aspen
Yolanda Wisher is the author of “Monk Eats an Afro” and the co-editor of “Peace is a Haiku Song.” Her work has been featured in a variety of media, including Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade, GOOD Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Contemporary Black Canvas, Radio Times, PoetryNow, Ploughshares and CBC Radio. A Few Fellow and poet laureate of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in 1999, and the poet laureate of Philadelphia in 2016, Wisher taught high school English for a decade, served as director of art education for Philadelphia Mural Arts and founded and directed the Germantown Poetry and Outbound Poetry festivals. She has led workshops and curated events in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Free Library of Philadelphia and U.S. Department of Arts & Culture. Wisher is currently the CPCW Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and the curator of spoken word at Philadelphia Contemporary.
Catch & Release is not available this month.