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2019 Conference Schedule

February 25th - 27th, 2019

Readings will take place in the Panorama Room of the UC at 7 p.m. and are open to the public.

For more information, please contact Lisa Zimmerman or call 970-351-2033.

The 2019 RWC will feature readings by award-winning authors from three genres: fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow each of the readings, which are open to the public and free. 

Elisa Gabbert

Monday, Feb. 25th

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Creative Nonfiction

Elisa Gabbert is a poet and essayist and the author of four collections: The Word Pretty (Black Ocean, 2018), L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems (Black Ocean, 2016), The Self Unstable (Black Ocean, 2013), and The French Exit (Birds LLC, 2010). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the Guardian Long Read, Boston Review, the Paris Review Daily, Pacific Standard, Guernica, and many other venues. She is currently writing a book about disaster culture and human failure, The Unreality of Memory, forthcoming from FSG Originals.

Teague Bohlen

Tuesday, Feb. 26th

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Teague Bohlen is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado Denver, where he serves as Fiction Editor for the literary magazine Copper Nickel and Faculty Advisor for the student newspaper The Sentry. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for fiction, his shorter work has been seen in journals nationwide, and he covers the literary and pop culture beats as a regular contributor to the alt-weekly Westword. His latest is Flatland, a collection of flash fictions set in the American midwest, as befitting his corn-fed heart.

Joy Roulier Sawyer

Wednesday, Feb. 27th

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Joy Roulier Sawyer is the author of Lifeguards (Conundrum Press) and Tongues of Men and Angels (White Violet Press). Her poetry appears in LIGHT Quarterly, Lilliput Review, New York Quarterly, St. Petersburg Review, Theology Today, and many others. Joy holds an MA from New York University, where she was the recipient of the Herbert Rubin Award for Outstanding Creative Writing, and teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. She also facilitates Lighthouse community writing groups for those experiencing homelessness and mental health challenges, as well as workshops for women transitioning out of incarceration.

The UNC Bookstore and Fan Shop will offer books for sale at the readings.

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