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Summer Writers in Residence announced by Aspen Words

Sunil Yapa will be the first resident. He will arrive in May. Yapa’s debut novel “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of A Fist” has received high acclaim. The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and Buzzfeed all listed it as one of their most anticipated books of the year.


The husband-and-wife team of Bruce Handy and Helen Schulman will be coming to the Valley in August. The two writers’ work has appeared in the New York Times, among other publications. Currently, Schulman is a tenured professor of writing at The New School. Handy spent a year as a writer on Saturday Night Live for a season.


Paul Griner, Tom Bouman and Jenny Price will also be visiting this summer.  The writers spend a month in Woody Creek working on their current projects. There are readings and talks with each resident author. They also appear in Valley schools and private events.


Patrick Fort grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, nurturing a love for ice hockey and deli sandwiches. After moving to Colorado in 2010 to attend the University of Colorado to study music, Patrick discovered his love for journalism. In 2013, Patrick created and hosted the award-winning radio program Colorado Stories, a news program that covered CU and the surrounding community. An avid mountain and road cyclist, Patrick also referees youth ice hockey. He loves '60s pop bands and and trying new recipes ranging from milk-braised carnitas to flourless cakes.
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