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~From intern Katie Haggstrom

July events

July is usually celebrated with fireworks and Independence Day events. But that doesn’t mean that the literary world comes to a halt, especially in the Fort Collins area.

There are some amazing literature-related events happening this month, including the release of a new book from English department professor Camille Dungy. Some amazing authors and poets will be here to share their work, so make sure to mark your calendars. If you find something exciting that we’ve missed, please share!

July 6 – Daryl Gregory will share from his latest book, Spoonbenders, at the Old Town Library in Downtown Fort Collins. Kirkus Review praised Gregory’s book as “a skillfully written family drama that employs quirk and magic with grace.” The reading begins at 6pm, visit the Facebook event for more information.

July 7 – The Poetry Slam at Wolverine Letterpress and Publick House is a great place to share your own work and hear other’s original work. The event starts at 8pm, visit their listing for more information on this and other events.

July 8 – Dana Leigh will be in Fort Collins to sign copies of her book at Old Firehouse Books, starting at 1pm. Visit Firehouse’s Facebook event for more details.

July 13 – Old Firehouse Books will host a Book Talk with the young adult author Sandhya Menon. She will she talking about her debut novel When Dimple Met Rishi. According to Publisher’s Weekly, the book surrounds “two intellectually gifted teens from traditional Indian families who meet at a summer tech conference in San Francisco. The twist: Dimple and Rishi’s parents have arranged their marriage.” For more information about her Book Talk, visit the Facebook event page.

July 14 – Famous poet and writer Roxanne Gay will visit the Tattered Cover in Fort Collins to share from her book Hunger. As Gay explains, “I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble…I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.” The reading begins at 7pm, visit the event page for more information about this event.

July eventsJuly 19 – Camille Dungy, one of our CSU English department professors, will be sharing from her newest book Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History at Old Town Library. CSU’s SOURCE explains that Dungy’s “book is about the intersection of multiple identities, the convergence of various histories, and the rich diversity of place…Dungy says she writes about ‘what is happening around me, and has always been happening around me.’” The reading begins at 6:30pm. Learn more about Dungy and her new book from CSU’s SOURCE.

July 28 – I AM Open Mic at the Bean Cycle in downtown Fort Collins. This event brings together “musicians, poets, comedians, storytellers, [and] anyone with something to say or do.” Their page has more information on this and other events.

July 30 – Who doesn’t love a Book Club Mixer? Stop by Old Firehouse Books from 4-7pm to “mingle with other books lovers, learning about hot new book club picks and upcoming literary happenings.” To join the event or learn more information, visit their Facebook event.


~From intern Katie Haggstrom

While the school year is over, there are still plenty of local events happening throughout the summer. The OpenSpace: A Music and Reading Series will have their next event this Saturday, June 17th at 7:30pm. The event will feature some familiar faces from the CSU English department.

Our own alumni Felicia Zamora will be sharing an excerpt from her new book Of Form & Gather, the winner of the 2016 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize from the University of Notre Dame Press. Zamora was also selected as the 2017 Fort Collins Poet Laureate.

Read our alumni profile for Felicia Zamora to learn more about her achievements and time with the English department.

Poet Joanna Doxey is also an English department alumni and will read from her Plainspeak, WY publication. As OpenSpace explains, this book “documents the brutally harsh winters of the Wyoming landscape and is a mediation of self as wilderness.”

What makes the OpenSpace series stand out from other poetry readings is that it combines poetry with music. Two musicians, Porlolo and The Ugly Architect, will perform alongside these poets. Porlolo formed in 2002 and has toured nationally, just releasing their EP, Everything Barely. The Ugly Architect will include various players from Fort Collins, and have set a strong precedent for the Northern Colorado indie-folk scene.

This event will take place at the Wolverine Farm LetterPress & Publick House in downtown Fort Collins. Visit their event calendar for more information on this event and other upcoming events held through the summer. 

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