The Aspen Writers’ Foundation has announced the lineup of events for the 2007 Winter Words series. The 10th annual Winter Words will bring six writers for talks and readings from January through March.The series opens Jan. 8 at the Sky Hotel with Yusef Komunyakaa. The Louisiana-born poet, a professor at New York University, earned the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for his collection “Neon Vernacular.”Wyoming writer Gretel Ehrlich, whose books include “Heart Mountain” and “The Solace of Open Spaces,” is set to appear Feb. 1 at the Given Institute. Ehrlich had to postpone her scheduled appearance at the Writers’ Foundation’s Aspen Summer Words earlier this year.Ana Castillo, a Chicago-born, Latina-American whose works include the American Book Award-winning novel, “The Mixquiahuala Letters,” will read works of fiction and poetry Feb. 13 at the Given Institute.Colum McCann, who appeared at the Irish-themed 2005 Aspen Summer Words, returns March 8 at the Given Institute. McCann is the author of the award-winning novel “Dancer,” and the forthcoming “Zoli.”Winter Words 2006 closes March 14 at the Given Institute with Alexandra Fuller, whose 2001 debut, the memoir “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight,” was named the No. 1 nonfiction book of the year.Each event is $15. Tickets, season subscriptions and Author Salon after-party passes will all go on sale Dec. 1. For further information on the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, go to http://www.aspenwriters.org, or call 925-3122.
Aspen Filmfest announced that it has changed its name to Aspen Film. The organization has operated under the Aspen Filmfest name since it presented its first festival, in 1979.The name change reflects a broadening of the organizations offerings. Since launching with a single festival, Aspen Filmfest has added educational programs, workshops, the Academy Screenings and SummerFilms series, and Aspen Shortsfest, which has become an internationally prominent festival of short films.The new name, along with new graphic icons, will debut with next months Academy Screenings. The 16th annual series, featuring films considered in contention for Academy Awards, is set for Dec. 18-Jan. 1 at Harris Hall. Among the highlights of this years series are The Good German, Bobby and The Painted Veil.In addition, the 15th annual Aspen Shortsfest is set for April 3-8, with program information to be released in mid-May.For further information on Aspen Film, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org.
A Poetry Night, featuring an open mic, a featured poet and a slam competition, will be held Nov. 26 at Zélé Café.All poets, and all forms of poetry are welcome. Featured poet for the event will be Sarah Pletts, who won the October slam at Zélé. There is a $5 entry fee for the slam, with the winner taking the pot. The winner is selected by audience response.For further information, call 309-4828.
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