Creative Writing Reading Series welcomes literary voices to CSU starting Sept. 16

The popular Creative Writing Reading Series is turning the page on a new chapter of literary voices at Colorado State University.

Kristin Valdez Quade
Award-winning author Kirstin Valdez Quade (Photo by Holly Andres).

The program welcomes emerging and established literary voices to Fort Collins to take part in various events, such as public readings, audience Q&As, book signings, class visits and other outreach.

No local literary event series is complete without CSU authors, so the series also spotlights graduate student writers in the Creative Writing MFA program, as well as faculty and alumni authors.

The series kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. with Kirstin Valdez Quade, who will be reading over Zoom.

Quade is the author of The Five Wounds and Night at the Fiestas and the winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Guernica, The Southern Review, The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories.

The Zoom link will be available on the Creative Writing Reading Series website.

Libraries and Creative Writing program partner to extend reach and impact

The Creative Writing Reading Series has a new partner for this year: the CSU Libraries. A strong supporter of creative artistry at the university and in Fort Collins, the Libraries contributed $10,000 to the program and provide administrative support. The funds come partially from the Burns Family Endowment and the Liggett Family Endowment.

“With the Libraries’ support we were able to immediately book national bestselling author Lauren Groff,” said Ramona Ausubel, Creative Writing Reading Series director and assistant professor.

Eliana Meyer
Graduate student Eliana Meyer is the inaugural writer-in-residence for the 2021/22 academic year at the CSU Libraries, in partnership with the Creative Writing Program.

It’s not just about the big names, though. The true aim is to build partnerships and relationships that enhance communities.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with the Creative Writing program,” said Meg Brown-Sica, assistant dean of scholarly communication and collections. “Before, we were running a parallel visiting author program. What we realized is that when CSU departments join forces to collaborate on high-impact programs, we can make the most of our resources and deepen our impact on CSU and Fort Collins.”

Ausubel agrees that the program will have a wide-reaching impact: “The collaboration will help us build stronger bridges between the English department, the Libraries and the literary community in all kinds of exciting and meaningful ways.”

The Libraries and Creative Writing program also recently collaborated to create a new writer-in-residence position at the Libraries. The inaugural writer-in-residence, Eliana Meyer (MFA ’22), will help coordinate Creative Writing Reading Series events at the Morgan Library. She will also bolster creative artistry at the University through collaboration with outreach librarians and marketing staff at the Libraries. The residence program was piloted by the Libraries earlier this year with a poet-in-residence, Grace Cooper (BA ’22).

Fall and Spring Schedule 

Events are free and open to the public.

Most events will take place in the Lory Student Center Longs Peak Room at 7:30 p.m. Check the Creative Writing Reading Series website for the most up-to-date information.

Sept. 16, 2021 – Kirstin Valdez Quade (Virtual Event)
Oct. 14, 2021 – Matthew Gavin Frank
Nov. 11, 2021 – Writer’s Harvest: E.J. Levy, Sasha Steensen, Andrew Altschul (Attendees are encouraged to donate directly to the Larimer County Food Bank to fight hunger in our community.)
Dec. 2, 2021 – MFA Readings: Marie Turner, Luke Eldredge, Julia Oshiki, Tyler Toy
Feb. 24, 2022 – Paisley Rekdal, Lauren Groff
Mar. 10, 2022 – MFA Readings: Grace Loveland, Hannah Barnhard, Jonnie Genova, Mike Moening
Mar. 31, 2022 – Cynthia Parker-Ohene, Kevin Phan
Apr. 14, 2022 – Aby Kaupang, Claire Boyles
Apr. 28, 2022 – MFA Readings: Angela Sabo, Annmarie Delfino, Ross Reagan, Sarah Olson

For more information about the authors and the series, visit the Creative Writing Reading Series website.

The CSU Creative Writing Reading Series is made possible by the Organization of Graduate Student Writers, the CSU Department of English, the College of Liberal Arts, the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment, the donor sponsor of the Crow-Tremblay Alumni Reading Series, the CSU Libraries and other generous support.