The Literary Arts Department welcomes writers, readers, and anyone with a professional interest in literature to their monthly networking event. Make contacts, discuss your work, and make new friends. With invited speakers, a friendly atmosphere (and drinks!) it’s the perfect meeting place for writers, journalists, ferocious readers, publishers, illustrators, booksellers and spoken-word artists. Last Tuesday of every month.  Check back for updates on instructors!


When:  Tuesdays; January 29, February 26, & March 26
Time:  6:00 pm
Cost:  FREE!

 

When:  Tuesdays; January 29
Time:  6:00 pm
Cost:  FREE!
Guest Speaker: 
Brian Calvert, Editor in Chief of High Country News

We are thrilled to have High Country News Editor in Chief Brian Calvert kick off our new salon season Jan 29. Brian, who also holds an MFA in poetry from Western Colorado University's MFA program, will speak on poetry and environmentalism. Not to be missed!

Brian Calvert is the Managing Editor of High Country News, the nation's leading source of reporting on the American west. A fourth-generation Wyoming native, he grew up in Pinedale and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1994 with a BA in English liberal arts and minors in writing and media studies. He has worked as a foreign correspondent, writer, audio journalist, and most recently, a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. After extensive time in Cambodia, China and Afghanistan, Brian has a new appreciation for the West and is thrilled to be back. When he's not working, you can find him outside, trying to regain his mountain hardiness. He is also earning an MFA in Poetry at Western. 

 

 

When:  Tuesdays; February 26
Time:  6:00 pm
Cost:  FREE!
Guest Speaker: 
Poet Jennifer Rane Hancock & Writer TJ Gerlach

Jennifer Rane Hancock (MFA Sarah Lawrence College, PhD Oklahoma State University) is a poet whose poems have appeared in many journals, including Spoon River Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Third Coast. Her collection, Between Hurricanes, was published in 2015 by Lithic Press. She teaches creative writing, American literature, and feminist literature at Colorado Mesa University. She also leads the monthly Poetry Night at the Mesa County Public Library.
 

Jennifer will be discussing her current project: poems exploring climate change through the lens of the baseball poem. 

TJ Gerlach (MFA University of Utah, PhD University of Denver) is a novelist and short story writer. His stories have appeared in dozens of journals, including The Wisconsin Review, Press, and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. His collection of flash fiction and longer stories, Camouflage, was published in December by Lithic Press. He teaches fiction writing and literary editing at Colorado Mesa University, where he also directs the annual High School Writers Conference.

 

TJ will be discussing the "die-cut derivative" exercise he used to write the flash fiction pieces in his new collection, as well as other ways writers play with the work of others as inspiration.