Aspen Words is proud to present our 2017 Writers in Residence line-up. 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, 301 E Hopkins Ave in Aspen. Though these events are free and open to the public, donations at the door are encouraged.
MAY – Lija Fisher
PUBLIC TALK + READING: May 16 @ 5:30pm | HOOCH, Aspen
Lija Fisher was born in Istanbul, Turkey and raised in the mountains of Colorado. She received her B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder and has performed on stages across California, Colorado, New York and Alaska. She has lived in London, LA, and NYC but currently calls Colorado home. The first book in her debut middle grade series Clivo Wren and the Fall of the Phoenix will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2018.
Catch & Release books are not available for this event.
Residency plans: Lija will be working on the second novel of her CLIVO WREN humorous adventure series, about a 12 year-old boy and his search for the Loch Ness Monster and other legendary creatures.
PUBLIC TALK + READING: July 18 @ 5:30pm | HOOCH, Aspen
Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the cofounder of 100 Word Story. His stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including The Southwest Review, 14 Hills, Green Mountains Review, and Puerto del Sol. His essays on creativity have been published in The New York Times, Poets & Writers Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. He recently published a collection of one hundred 100-word stories, Fissures, two of which are included in The Best Small Fictions 2016. His book of essays on creativity, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, is forthcoming from Chronicle Books in the fall of 2017.
FREE copies of Fissures 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 their public event!
PUBLIC TALK + READING: August 15 @ 5:30pm | HOOCH, Aspen
Chigozie Obioma is a Nigerian writer from Akure, Nigeria. The Fishermen (Little, Brown, 2015), his debut novel won numerous awards, including the FT/Oppenheimer Awards and an NAACP Image Awards, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book award. The novel has been translated in 26 languages and is being adapted into a stage play. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska where he is a professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
FREE copies of The Fishermen 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 their public event!
PUBLIC TALK + READING: September 19 @ 5:30pm | HOOCH, Aspen
Tatjana Soli is a novelist and short story writer. Her bestselling debut novel, The Lotus Eaters won the James Tait Black Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2010, and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. Her second book, The Forgetting Tree, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2012. Her third novel, The Last Good Paradise, was a Millions Most Anticipated Book for 2015. Her stories have appeared in Zyzzyva, Boulevard, and The Sun. Her work has been twice listed in the 100 Distinguished Stories in Best American Short Stories.
FREE copies of The Last Good Paradise 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 their public event!
PUBLIC TALK + READING: October 24 @ 5:30pm | HOOCH, Aspen
Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of three novels, The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, and The Lost Art of Mixing. Her fiction has been published in over 25 languages. She is also the co-author of two non-fiction works, 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Washington and has taught there and Antioch University. She lives in Port Townsend, WA.