CBA - Fiction and Poetry

We're hosting the Colorado Book Awards Finalist Reading Series! Come April 27th from 7 to 9 pm to hear from the finalists in Fiction and Poetry! Fill out your predictions to win prizes!

We'll have Liar's Club Sangria for $5 just for attendees!

Jayme H. Mansfield will read from her novel Rush. Mansfield is an author, artist and educator. Her award-winning novel, Chasing the Butterfly, is a book club favorite and Amazon bestseller. She lives in Lakewood, Colorado, where she teaches art to children and adults at her studio, Piggy Toes.

Pat Stoltey will read from her novel Wishing Caswell Dead. Stoltey is the author of four novels including Dead Wrong, a 2015 Colorado Book Awards finalist in the Thriller category. She lives in northern Colorado with her husband.

Laura Pritchett will read from her novel The Blue Hour. Pritchett is the acclaimed author of Stars Go Blue, Red Lightning, Hell’s Bottom, Colorado and Sky Bridge as well as several books of nonfiction. Her work has garnered several awards, including the PEN USA Award for Fiction, the WILLA, the High Plains Book Award and others.

Peter Heller will read from his novel Celine: A Novel. Heller is the best-selling author of The Painter and The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and a longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

David Hicks will read from his novel White Plains. Hicks lives in Colorado with his wife, the poet Cynthia Kolanowski, and is a professor at Regis University, where he also codirects the Mile-High MFA program. Excerpts from White Plains have been published as short stories in Glimmer Train, Colorado Review, Specs, Saranac Review and South Dakota Review, along with other stellar journals.

Madelyn Garner will read from her book of poetry Hum of Our Blood. Master teacher, editor and poet, she is the recipient of the Colorado Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities for encouraging incorporation of the arts into school programs. She was named a Leo Love Merit Scholar at the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, was awarded an Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s Annual Writing Retreat scholarship and won the Jackson Hole Writers Conference Poetry Prize. Recent work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2015, The Florida Review, The Pinch, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and Water-Stone Review, among others. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

Adam Houle will read from his book of poetry Stray. Houle's poems have appeared in journals such as AGNI, Shenandoah, Poet Lore, Blackbird, Hayden’s Ferry Review and elsewhere and was anthologized in Best New Poets 2010. Nominated for both a Pushcart and for Best of the Net, he was also a semi-finalist for the Boston Review/Discovery Prize and a finalist for the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry.

Camille T. Dungy will read from her book of poetry Trophic Cascade. Dungy is the editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, the author of three prize-winning poetry collections, and author of the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers. A professor of creative writing at Colorado State University, she lives with her husband and child in Fort Collins, Colorado.


Winners will be announced and celebrated Saturday, June 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, Denver 80206. $20 ticket includes reception and brief readings by the winners. For more information, check out Colorado Humanities' website here.

Fill out your predictions to win prizes!

See you April 27th at 7:00 pm in BookBar's lounge!

Event date: 
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 7:00pm