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Aspen Words Author Talk: Jenn Shapland

This event was recorded on May 24, 2022 at The Arts Center at Willits (TACAW), as part of the 2022 Aspen Words Writers in Residence program, in partnership with Aspen Public Radio.

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.

Aspen Words offers year round programs in Aspen and throughout the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado. This conversation is part of the 2022 Summer Writers in Residence program which helps developing authors by providing them time, space, and living accommodations in the Elk Mountains. Each writer spends three weeks in Woody Creek, CO, focusing on a current project, and gives free community talks and readings as part of their Aspen experience.


Jenn Shapland is a writer and archivist living in New Mexico. Her first book, “My Autobiography of Carson McCullers” (Tin House 2020), was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award and won the 2021 Lambda Literary Award, the Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award, and the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award. Shapland has a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin.Her essays have appeared in the New England Review, the New York Times, Outside, Guernica, and Tin House. Her research and writing have been supported by residencies at Yaddo, Ucross, and Vermont Studio Center and by fellowships from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Howard Foundation. Her second book, “Thin Skin,” will be published by Pantheon Books.