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Date(s) - February 17, 2024
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery


Climate Change / People Change

Saturday, February 17 @ 4:30 p.m. at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Where urgency meets enlightenment — panelists Kimberly Reyes, Kate Partridge, and John Calderazzo illustrate a world at a crossroads. In their work we find questions, observations, and suggestions. What changes do our hearts need? What songs could we sing? What laments must we wail? What actions can we shift? What is it that we are saving? What is precious here?

Registration required via the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

NOTE: Author Camille T. Dungy, who was originally scheduled to be part of this session, had to cancel her appearance due to an unexpected personal situation. We hope to reschedule her for a future date.


Kimberly Reyes

Kimberly Reyes is an award-winning poet, essayist, popular culture critic, and visual culture scholar who began her career as a music and entertainment reporter. She transitioned to creative writing after receiving her Master of Arts from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2013 and has since been awarded grants, bursaries, fellowships, residencies and scholarships from the Poetry Foundation, the Fulbright Program, the Academy of American Poets, Tin House Workshops, Culture Ireland, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, New York City Artist Corps, Miami Writers Institute, the Arts Council of Ireland, CantoMundo, Callaloo, Hambidge, Cave Canem, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Munster Literature Centre, Summer Literary Seminars in Kenya, the Prague Summer Program for Writers, the Community of Writers, and many other places.

Kimberly is the author of the poetry collections vanishing point. (Omnidawn 2023), Running to Stand Still (Omnidawn 2019)—finalist for the 2020 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award and for Civil Coping Mechanisms’ 2017 Mainline Competition, and Warning Coloration (dancing girl press 2018)—finalist for the Two Sylvias Press 2017 Chapbook Competition. She is the author of the essay collection Life During Wartime (Fourteen Hills 2019), winner of the 2018 Michael Rubin Prose Chapbook Award.

Her writing has been featured in/on The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Associated Press, Entertainment Weekly, Time.com, The New York Post, The Village Voice, Alternative Press, ESPN the Magazine, Jane, NY1 News, The Best American Poetry, poets.org, american poets, The Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland, Poetry London, The Stinging Fly, RTÉ Radio, The Irish Examiner, Film Ireland, RHINO, Columbia Journal, Obsidian, The Acentos Review, and The Feminist Wire, among other places. Kimberly is a Pushcart prize nominee, and her writing has been anthologized in various genres. Her work as a film critic earned her accreditation from the Motion Picture Association in 2022. She’s been a Golden Globe voter since 2021.

Kimberly has taught poetry abroad at Ó Bhéal and the Munster Literature Centre in Ireland, and stateside at San Quentin State Prison, the Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois, and the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. A Black Nuyorican, Kimberly sits on the Irish Fulbright Commission’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board and serves as a poetry editor for Omnidawn. She is currently a doctoral student in Creative Writing at UNL.


Kate Partridge

Kate Partridge is the author of two poetry collections: Thine (Tupelo, fall 2023) and Ends of the Earth (U. of Alaska, 2017). Her poems have appeared in FIELD, Yale Review, Pleiades, Michigan Quarterly Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Copper Nickel, and other journals.

She lives in Denver, where she is an Assistant Professor of English at Regis University. She is a graduate of the MFA program at George Mason University and the PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.



John CalderazzoJohn Calderazzo

John Calderazzo’s poems, essays, and fiction have appeared in Audubon, Brevity, Georgia Review, High Country News, Orion, and elsewhere. His poetry collection, The Exact Weight of the Soul, was published by Red Mountain Press in 2020. Among his four nonfiction books is Rising Fire: Volcanoes & Our Inner Lives, about volcanoes and human culture. He’s won a Colorado Arts Council Fellowship and his work has appeared in many anthologies, including Best American Nature Writing, Best Travel Adventure Stories, Copper Canyon Press’s 2019 Here: Poems for the Planet, and Reading Colorado: A Literary Road Guide. English Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University, he’s won a Best CSU Teacher award and founded the Creative Nonfiction concentration of the MFA writing program. He co-founded the multi-disciplinary discussion series Changing Climates at CSU. He occasionally teaches scientists to use storytelling skills to communicate with the public.