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2017 RESIDENTS

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

Fisher for webLija 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 Clivio 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.


JUNE – Tarfia Faizullah & Jamaal May

No public event due to Summer Words

Faizullah_Tarfia(c-Jamaal-May) webTarfia Faizullah is a poet, editor, and educator based in Detroit, Michigan. She received an MFA in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University and is the author of Seam, which US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey calls, “beautiful and necessary,” as well as Register of Eliminated Villages, forthcoming from Graywolf in 2017. Tarfia is a Visiting Professor of Poetry in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. She co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and Video Series with her partner, Jamaal May.

Catch and Release books are not available for Tarfia.

JamaalMay.color_ webJamaal May’s book Hum has won the Beatrice Hawley Award, the ALA Notable Book Award, and was a finalist for the NAACP Image award. His second collection is The Big Book of Exit Strategies and he has also published two chapbooks, The God Engine and The Whetting of Teeth. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Believer, Ploughshares, New England Review, and The Kenyon Review. He has also been a recipient of the Kenyon Review Fellowship at Kenyon College, Bread Loaf, Callaloo, and the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. He is the series editor, graphic designer, and filmmaker for the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series.

The Big BookFREE copies of The Big Book of Exit Strategies 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! 



JULY – Grant Faulkner

PUBLIC TALK + READING: July 18 @ 5:30pm | HOOCH, Aspen

GrGrant_Faulkner_webant 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.

FissuresFREE 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! 



AUGUST – Chigozie Obioma

PUBLIC TALK + READING: August 22 @ 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.

The FishermenFREE copies of The Fishermenare 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! 



 SEPTEMBER – Tatjana Soli

PUBLIC TALK + READING: September 19 @ 5:30pm | HOOCH, Aspen

HeadshotTatjana 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

The last good paradiseFREE 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! 


OCTOBER – Ingrid Rojas Contreras

PUBLIC TALK + READING: October 24 @ 5:30pm | HOOCH, Aspen

rojas for webIngrid Rojas Contreras was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, and Guernica, and anthologized in Guernica Annual, Wise Latinas, and American Odysseys: Writings by New Americans. She has received scholarships and support from Hedgebrook, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, The Camargo Foundation, Djerassi Artist Residency Program, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. Her debut novel, The Fruit of the Drunken Tree, is forthcoming from Doubleday in 2018. 

Catch & Release books are not available for this event.