Auraria Writers Week 2013: March 18- 20


(Denver, CO) 2013 Auraria Writers Week is a series of presentations by major writers and others involved in the publishing industry; they will read from their work and discuss their ideas and craft.  The Auraria campus will be hosting four events during the week of March 18-20, 2013, all events are free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

 On Monday, March 18, 2013, from 11:00a.m.-2:00p.m., faculty members from the three Auraria schools will be reading from their creative works in Tivoli 320AB as part of the Auraria Writers Spotlight.  E-mail Jeff Becker at for a schedule of readers.

 On Tuesday, March 19, from 12:15p.m.-1:30p.m., in Tivoli 320AB, editors, authors and agents will conduct a forum on “The State of Publishing.”  The book business has changed dramatically over the last five years. Learn the best advice from the experts about how to publish in today’s market.  The forum will feature Kristin Nelson, president of Nelson Literary Agency; Lynda Hilburn, author of the “Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist” series; Jennifer Ryan, managing editor of Fulcrum Books; and Betsy Dormbusch, author and editor of Electric Spec.  For more information about this event, please contact Dr. Theresa Crater at

 On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, from 11:00a.m.-12:15p.m., and again from 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. in the Tivoli Turnhalle, award-winning author Gish Jen will be reading from her recent works and answering questions in two presentations.  The first, beginning at 11:00a.m., focuses on Jen’s creative writing, and is entitled “Gish Jen: A typical American Author.”  The second presentation, beginning at 2:00p.m., is entitled “Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the East/West Divide;” Jen will discuss ideas related to her new collection of essays adapted from her Massey Lectures in American Civilization delivered at Harvard University in 2012.

 Gish Jen’s short work has appeared in many periodicals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Daedalus, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike.  Her award-winning novels are “Typical American,” “Mona in the Promised Land,” “The Love Wife,” and “World and Town.”

 Jen is the recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the National Endowment for the Arts.  She was awarded a Lannan Literary Award in Fiction in 1999 as well as a Mildred and Harold Strauss Living award in 2003 from The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

 Nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award and featured in a PBS American Masters program on the American Novel, Jen was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009, and delivered the Massey Lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University in 2012.  The lectures will be published by Harvard University Press in April 2013.

 The 2013 Auraria Writers Week is sponsored by the Metropolitan State University of Denver English Department, Community College of Denver English Department, Metropolitan State University of Denver Institute for Women’s Studies and Services, Community College of Denver Developmental English Department, Metropolitan State University of Denver Center for Faculty Development, Metropolitan State University of Denver Office of Student Activities, Community College of Denver Office of Student Life, and University of Colorado-Denver Office of Student Life.

All of the Writers Week events are free and open to students, staff, faculty, and the general public.  For more information, please contact Dr. Craig Svonkin, co-chair of the Metro English Speakers Committee:




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