"The Language of This Land" Writers' Conference
"The Language of This Land" to be held Oct. 7-9 in Grand Junction.
Legendary Native American author Leslie Marmon Silko, who rarely appears in public, and has authored many novels, including Ceremony, an American classic, will read Oct. 8th from her newest book, The Turquoise Ledge, at a downtown G.J. banquet. Her appearance is part of an inaugural writers' conference, "The Language of This Land," held by the Western Colorado Writers' Forum.
Ten other authors will read and teach over the weekend-long conference, including Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason, novelist Will Hobbs, Telluride poet & journalist Art Goodtimes, award-winning Colorado novelist Laura Hendrie, and several well-known Colorado poets, including G.J.'s Luis Lopez and Wendy Videlock, and Janice Gould, of Colorado Springs.
Most of the conference workshops and the banquet will be held downtown, with two other workshops to be held at Colorado Mesa University and one at the Colorado National Monument.
Two Front Range editors, Pilgrimage editor Maria Melendez and The Nervous Breakdown's Uche Ogbuchi, will teach a workshop for writers on submissions and online promotion. Melendez will also offer manuscript critiques and individual sessions with writers.
Three free workshops open to the public, limited to 30, will be offered. The downtown public library will host one class in poetry, and one in journalism, taught by Videlock and Goodtimes. David Mason will team up with a naturalist from the Colorado National Monument for a Saturday morning of hiking, learning geology and flora and fauna, and writing.
Ute elder Clifford Duncan, of Utah, will speak at the banquet, together with Mason and Silko, and also speak at the final event, a community breakfast open to the public downtown at 800 Colorado the morning of Sunday, Oct. 9. The two-hour breakfast will feature storytelling and readings by visiting writers and Ute, Basque, Hispanic, Greek, African-American, Anglo and other speakers on their origins in this region.
For information or to register, call 970.257-4662 or visit www.westerncoloradowriters.org
Sandra Dorr, 433-6800