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Toasting the 2016 Writers in Residence Season

Lesley Nneka Arimah left Aspen today following a month-long stay, signaling the end of the 2016 Writers in Residence season. And what a season it has been! We’ve compiled a few of the highlights below, including video interviews, newspaper articles, and other features about the authors.  

Thank you to Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar, a beautiful new venue that has allowed us to expand the audience for each of the free events featuring our residents. This program would not be possible without the generosity of the Catto Shaw Foundation, as well as Isa Catto Shaw and Daniel Shaw, who host each of these writers on a beautiful property overlooking the Elk Mountains in Woody Creek, Colorado. 

We look forward to introducing another cohort of writers for the 2017 program, which will run from May through October. But first, let’s toast Sunil Yapa, Tom Bouman, Paul Griner, Helen Schulman, Jenny Price, and Lesley Nneka Arimah! 

May – Sunil Yapa

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In May, Sunil took a month off from his book tour for Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist to begin some new writing projects. During the residency, he wrote an essay “Where There is No Water and Nothing Grows,” about a trip he took to Haiti with his father last year. It was published by Guernica in June.

June – Tom Bouman


On Aspen 82’s The Lift morning show, Tom Bouman described his duel identity as a law student and writer, and the process behind his Edgar Allen Poe Award-winning novel, Dry Bones in the Valley. 

July – Paul Griner

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Paul spoke to the Aspen Times about his residency experience: “I don’t even look outside much because I don’t want to be distracted — it’s so pretty…I wish the residency went for a year. I’m spectacularly lucky and I know it, so I’m taking advantage of it…”

August – Helen Schulman

In a live television interview with Aspen 82, Helen Schulman thanked the Catto Shaw Foundation: “…to come here and just be by myself and not have any other duties or jobs is just incredible…I have a book that’s due next July and I’ve gotten so much done.”

September – Jenny Price

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Aspen Public Radio interviewed Jenny about her book-in-progress titled Stop Saving the Planet!, where she examines the flaws she sees in the current environmental change movements. 

October – Lesley Nneka Arimah


Lesley was featured on the cover of the Aspen Daily News during her residency. She worked on a revision to her novel-in-progress, The Children of Bones, and, at her public event, she read from her forthcoming story collection, What It Means When a Man Fall From the Sky. 

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