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Writers named for Aspen Words ’19 residence docket

Staff report


All the public events take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar in Aspen:

May 23: Luis Jaramillo

June 11: Kaui Hart Hemmings

July 16: Zinzi Clemmons

Aug. 20: Samyak Shertok

Sept. 17: J.C. Hallman

Oct. 15: Aja Gabel

Authors for this summer’s Aspen Words Writers in Residence program were announced recently along with dates for their public conversations about their works.

The six writers will work in Woody Creek starting in May and will have monthly discussions at Hooch Craft Bar in Aspen.

This year’s residents include Luis Jaramillo, director of creative writing at The New School and author of the acclaimed novel “The Doctor’s Wife”; Kaui Hart Hemmings, whose New York Times best-selling novel “The Descendants” was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring George Clooney; Zinzi Clemmons, whose debut novel, “What We Lose,” was a finalist for the 2018 Aspen Words Literary Prize; Samyak Shertok, a prize-winning poet born in Nepal; J.C. Hallman, author of nonfiction books that combine memoir, history, journalism and travelogue; and Aja Gabel, whose 2018 debut novel, “The Ensemble,” was praised by the Wall Street Journal as “terrifically entertaining.”

The Writers in Residence program allows authors to work on a project-in-progress during one month of uninterrupted time.

“(The residency program) is a joy to host with Aspen Words and we love being part of a broader artistic community,” Isa Catto Shaw said in a statement. “The partnership with Aspen Words is just that — the traditional donor/grantee exchange is replaced with collaboration. The residents bring creative energy, diversity and fresh stories into our family and into our lives. We feel like we are the lucky ones.”

Shaw and her husband, Daniel, host the residents on their family property in Woody Creek.

The first event is May 23 with Jaramillo. The events are free and open to the public.