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Aspen Public Radio is proud to present select lectures and speakers from area events and conferences, including the Aspen Ideas Festival, Wilderness Workshop, Hurst Community Initiative, Aspen Words, Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen Center for Physics, Equity Speaker Series, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
  • The Writers Residency Program with Aspen Words welcomes Jamaica Baldwin as the second speaker for their Author Talk as she reads and talks about some of her poetry.
  • 2022 Author in Residence, Jenn Shapland (“My Autobiography of Carson McCullers”) spoke with Aspen Words Executive Director Adrienne Brodeur during the first Aspen Words Summer Writers in Residence 2022 author talk.
  • 2022 Aspen Words Literary Prize-winning author Dawnie Walton (“The Final Revival of Opal & Nev”) spoke with best-selling author Mary Beth Keane (“Ask Again, Yes”) as part of the 4th annual Community Read.
  • Casey Gerald is the author of “There Will Be No Miracles Here,” a memoir that straddles the complex intersection of race, class, religion and sexuality. It was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR and The New York Times, was a finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Award, and has been honored as a longlist selection for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.
  • Marie Myung-Ok Lee is a founder and former board president of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, she has been a judge for the National Book Awards, and teaches fiction at Columbia. Lee’s 1992 young adult novel, “Finding My Voice,” has now been reissued for the third time, and her newest novel, “The Evening Hero,” is forthcoming.
  • Ayana Mathis received her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she became the first African-American woman to hold the position of Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing. Mathis’s first novel, “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” (Knopf, 2012), was a New York Times Bestseller, a 2013 New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, and second selection for Oprah’s Book Club.
  • Caroline Randall Williams is a multi-genre writer, educator and performance artist in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is a Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University. Named by Southern Living as “One of the 50 people changing the South,” the Cave Canem fellow has been published and featured in multiple journals, essay collections, and news outlets, and is co-author of the NAACP Image Award-winning cookbook, “Soul Food Love.”