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Date(s) - February 18, 2023
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Council Tree Library


A Fort Collins Book Fest Event

Panel Discussion

Hear from authors Nazlı Koca (The Applicant), Harrison Candelaria Fletcher (Finding Querencia: Essays from In-Between), and Nina McConigley (Cowboys and East Indians), who weave stories and essays on finding identity, belonging, and reconciliation in displacement.


Nazlı Koca is a writer and poet from Turkey who now lives in Denver. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame and is a member of the Creative Writing cohort at the University of Denver’s English PhD program. Previously, she has worked as a cleaner, dishwasher, and bookseller while her work has appeared in the Threepenny ReviewBookforum, and Second Factory, among other outlets. The Applicant is her first novel.





Author photo of Harrison Candelaria FletcherHarrison Candelaria Fletcher is the author the essay collection, Descanso for My Father, the memoir, Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams, and a lyric essay collection, Finding Querencia: Essays from in Between.His work has appeared widely in such venues as New LettersTriQuarterlyPuerto del Sol, Best of Brevity,  and The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, Autumn House Press Nonfiction Prize, Colorado Book Award, New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Memoir pick, Best American EssaysNotable selection, and Pushcart Prize Special Mention. He also has been a finalist for the International Latino Book Award, National Magazine Award and Bakeless Literary Prize.A native New Mexican, he is a former columnist, feature writer and beat reporter throughout the West. He teaches in the MFA Programs at Colorado State University and Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Author photo of Nina McConigleyNina McConigley was born in Singapore and raised in Wyoming. She earned her MA from the University of Wyoming, and her MFA at the University of Houston. Her short-story collection Cowboys and East Indians was the winner of the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and a High Plains Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Orion, OOprah Magazine, ParentsVirginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, and The Asian American Literary Reviewamong others. She teaches at Colorado State University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson. In 2019-2020, was the Walter Jackson Bate fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and is a 2022 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Creative Writing Fellowship.



For more information about the Fort Collins Book Fest, visit https://www.focobookfest.org/