Englewood Writer's Retreat

We are so thrilled to be a partner for the Englewood Writer's Retreat on January 22nd, featuring several incredible Denver writers. Books from the panelists are available for purchase through this page! The event will be taking place at the Englewood Civic Center, and you can register here: www.englewoodco.gov/library/writersretreat

"Each 50-minute track will comprise of an opening mini-lecture; guided, interactive exercises and/or Q&A and closing statement."

Poetry: Suzi Q. Smith

Suzi Q. Smith is an award-winning artist, organizer and educator who lives in Denver. She has created, curated, coached and taught in Denver for more than 20 years, managing the largest poetry festivals that Denver has seen to date. The author of poetry collections Poems for the End of the World, A Gospel of Bones and Thirteen Descansos, Suzi is also a singer-songwriter, playwright and multi-disciplinary creative. Her single “Moments”, in collaboration with Psy'Aviah, received international attention after being a finalist in the BBC's 'Next Big Thing' contest. She co-wrote and is featured on Flobots’ 2017 single, “Sleeping Giant”. She was also a member of Lady Wu-Tang Clan, sharing stages with Raekwon and Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan. Suzi co-wrote the plays How I Got Over: Journeys in Verse and Where We Are From: Freedom is a Constant Struggle.

Memoir & Personal Essay: Hillary Leftwich

Hillary Leftwich is the author of three books, including Ghosts Are Just Strangers Who Know How to Knock (CCM Press/The Accomplices 2019), which is one of The Accomplices Best Sellers, a finalist for Big Other’s Best Fiction Book of 2019 and voted as one of Entropy’s Best Fiction Books of 2019. Aura, a memoir, from Future Tense Books in 2022, and Saint Dymphna’s Playbook by PANK Books in 2023. She won the C.C.I.R.A.’s Young Writer’s Award in 1995 and went on to earn her MFA in fiction and poetry from The Mile High MFA at Regis University. Her writing has been published in print and online in Best Small Fictions (2021), The Rumpus, Entropy, Denver Quarterly and others. She is the owner of Alchemy Author Services & Writing Workshop, teaches creative writing at Lighthouse Writers and is a creative writing professor at DU’s College for Professional Studies. She lives in Denver where she hosts/organizes At the Inkwell Denver, a literary reading series at BookBar, and also teaches Tarot and Tarot-writing workshops focusing on strengthening divination abilities and writing.

Fantasy: David R. Slayton

David R. Slayton grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible. He now lives in Denver with his partner, Brian, and writes the books he always wanted to read. White Trash Warlock, David’s debut novel, is the first book in the Adam Binder series, which continues with Trailer Park Trickster (October 2021) and Deadbeat Druid (October 2022). In 2015, David founded Trick or Read, an annual initiative to give out books along with candy to children on Halloween as well as uplift lesser-known authors or those from marginalized backgrounds. Find him online at www.DavidRSlayton.com.

Fiction & Film: Manuel Aragon

Manuel Aragon is a Latinx writer, director and filmmaker from Denver. He is currently working on a short story collection, Norteñas. Norteñas is a collection of speculative fiction short stories centered in the Northside, a Mexican and Mexican-American centered part of Denver, and the people, ghosts and demons that live there. His work has appeared in ANMLY. His short story, "A Violent Noise," was nominated for the 2020 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. He is also a Periplus Collective Fellow. He is a graduate of NYU’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. His film work - writing and directing - has been featured on MTV, Pitchfork and Stereogum. He most recently won the CineLatino Pitch Latino Award for Emerging Filmmakers with the web series, “Welcome to the Northside”, a comedic take on gentrification and Latino displacement in north Denver.

Event date: 
Saturday, January 22, 2022 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Poems for the End of the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646625147
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Published: Finishing Line Press - June 18th, 2021

A Gospel of Bones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946580276
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Published: Alternating Current - February 9th, 2021

Ghosts Are Just Strangers Who Know How to Knock Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948700191
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Published: Civil Coping Mechanisms - October 7th, 2019

White Trash Warlock Cover Image
ISBN: 9781094067964
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - October 13th, 2020

Trailer Park Trickster Cover Image
ISBN: 9781094067971
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - October 12th, 2021