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Letter: Residency will continue

In reading the article in The Aspen Times on the Catto ranch sale (Jan. 16), I wanted to write on behalf of Aspen Words to make clear that Isa Catto Shaw and Daniel Shaw will continue the Aspen Words writing residency through the Catto Shaw Family Foundation. Isa and Daniel have helped us form this residency from 2010, but since 2013, we have hosted a half-dozen writers every year on their magnificent property. Writers have included Adam Haslett, Emily Miller, Matthew Batt, Melissa Coleman, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Stephanie Kallos, Brad Watson, Bruce Machart, Hannah Tinti, Terry McMillan and Adam Wilson, among others. Together in 2015, we plan to host a similar number of writers beginning in May and running through October. The Catch and Release program gives free books to the community at the beginning of the writers’ stay and culminates in a free public event at the Woody Creek Community Center. In addition, the writers in residence often make visits to local schools and speak to groups of local writers.

As soon as this property went up for sale, the Catto/Shaw family made sure we knew that they were committed to this project and to supporting Aspen Words. While we and other nonprofits will no longer use the particular portion of Little Woody Creek Ranch that sold, our long relationship with Isa and Daniel will continue, and we look forward to a new era of writers residencies continuing on the neighboring property.

Maurice LaMee

Director of Aspen Words

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