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First Draft - Joshua Mohr

Jan 16, 2017

Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir "Sirens" (2017), as well as five novels including "Damascus", which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written "Fight Song" and "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as "Termite Parade," an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times.  His novel "All This Life" won the Northern California Book Award. He is the founder of Decant Editorial. 

First Draft - Peter Orner

Jan 9, 2017

Chicago-born Peter Orner has lived in the San Francisco Bay area for the past sixteen years. He is the author of two novels The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and Love and Shame and Love and two story collections, Esther Stories and Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge as well as the editor of two oral histories Voice of Witness/ McSweeney's/ Verso. Orner's fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Granta, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, The Southern Review, and many other publications.  Orner's latest book, Am I Alone Here?

First Draft - Garrard Conley

Jan 2, 2017

Garrard (pronounced without the final 'r;' a family oddity) Conley is the author of the memoir, Boy Erased. His work can be found in TIME, VICE, CNN, Buzzfeed Books, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Writers' Conferences and has facilitated craft classes for Catapult, Grub Street, Sackett Street Writers Workshop, and the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown. 

First Draft - Benjamin Percy

Dec 19, 2016

Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, The Dead Lands, a post apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, Red Moon and The Wilding as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His craft book is called Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction.

As the snow finally flies, local writers are preparing for summer workshops. Aspen Words has announced the faculty lineup for its Summer Words programs.

First Draft - Anuradha Roy

Dec 12, 2016

Anuradha Roy's latest book, Sleeping on Jupiter,  won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016 and was nominated for the Man Booker prize 2015. She won the Economist Crossword Prize for her second novel, The Folded Earth. Her first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, has been widely translated and was picked as one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post and the Seattle Times. It has been named by World Literature Today as one of the 60 most essential books on modern India and was shortlisted for the Crossword Prize.

First Draft - Randa Jarrar

Dec 6, 2016

Randa Jarrar’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Utne Reader, Salon.com, Guernica, The Rumpus, The Oxford American, Ploughshares, Five Chapters, and others. Her first novel, A Map of Home was published in half a dozen languages & won a Hopwood Award, an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes and Noble Review. Her new book is called Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. In 2010 she was named one of the most gifted writers of Arab origin under the age of 40.

First Draft - Emily Witt

Nov 28, 2016
Noah Kalina

Emily Witt is a writer in New York City. She has written for n+1, The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, the London Review of Books, and many other places. She has degrees from Brown, Columbia, and Cambridge, and was a Fulbright scholar in Mozambique. Her first book, Future Sex, was published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

The public has spoken - they want high-profile acts at the Wheeler Opera House and they are willing to pay for it.

Theatre Aspen announced Monday that the organization’s big summer production will be the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray.

 

First Draft - Teddy Wayne

Nov 21, 2016
Kate Greathead

Teddy Wayne is the author of the novels Loner, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, and Kapitoil. He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship as well as a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, PEN/Bingham Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. A columnist for the New York Times, he is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and McSweeney’s and has taught at Columbia University and Washington University in St. Louis. He lives in New York.

Courtesy of Carbondale Arts

The nonprofit organization Carbondale Arts is trekking ahead with their mobile maker space, a yellow school bus that will travel to schools from Aspen to Parachute to provide art education.

First Draft - Robert Bausch

Nov 14, 2016

Robert Bausch was born in Georgia, at the end of World War II, and was raised in the Washington, D.C., area. He has worked as a salesman--of automobiles, appliances, and hardware--a taxi driver, waiter, production planner, and library assistant. He was educated at George Mason University, earning a BA, an MA and an MFA, and he says he has been a writer all his life. He has written eight novels, the most recent is called The Legend of Jesse Smoke.  www.robertbausch.org

First Draft - Patrick Ryan

Nov 11, 2016
Denver Butson

Patrick Ryan is the author of The Dream Life of Astronauts and Send Me, as well as three novels for young adults: Saints of Augustine, In Mike We Trust, and Gemini Bites. His fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Tin House, One Story, Catapult, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, The Yale Review and elsewhere. His nonfiction has been published by Granta and has appeared in Tales of Two Cities and other anthologies.

This weekend, the curtains will rise on the Aspen Community Theatre (ACT) stage for the 40th year. The production is a retrospective of the many songs performed by valley amateurs, and their stories of how the organization allowed them to become - at least for a weekend - a star.

Wheeler executive director Gena Buhler said the Aspen community has enjoyed the Laff Festival over the last 6 years, but they’ve been itching for more. So she appealed to Aspen City Council to increase the budget for the winter event.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen Noise meets at the Aspen Chapel each week. They sing lots of songs you know, and probably some others you don’t. And for two years, each meeting of Aspen Noise starts with a quick bit of meditation.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Seasonal beers have been all the rage in the craft beer world. One fall variation is the pumpkin beer. But that flavor seems to be on the decline.

Dan Scesnewicz is the general manager of HOPS Culture in Aspen. Right now, some of the biggest sellers are fall seasonal beers. That’s stuff like Oktoberfests and Marzens.

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Aspen Words’ Winter Words series starts in January, and the lineup was released yesterday.

 

Azar Nafisi begins the annual festival on Jan. 17. She’s the author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran”. The lineup also includes novelist Kevin Fedarko, Aspen native Pete McBride and Aspen Summer Words alum Anna Noyes.

 

It’s the 20th year of Winter Words. Executive director Adrienne Brodeur said the lineup focused on bringing in diverse perspectives.  

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Nick Lenio is one of 25 semifinalists for the National Grammy in the Schools Music Educator Award. To reach this point he had to make several videos showing the work he does at the school.

 

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