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February 25 to March 2, 2019
Wednesday, February 27 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
How Do Writers of Diversity Create Literary Art in Fort Collins? (FoCo Writers Panel)

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How does Fort Collins shape and support the work of literary artists? Our panelists—Leslee Becker, Ray Martinez, and Vauhini Vara—will read briefly from their work and discuss with moderators Kathleen Willard and Marj Hahne their experiences making a life and a living as a writer of diversity in Northern Colorado.

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Ray Martinez

Ray Martinez has served his hometown of Fort Collins for 30+ years: in the policedepartment, building a bridge with the Hispanic community (1974–1996), as mayor(1999–2005), and as a city councilman since 2015. He has published thirteen books,including a memoir, Baby Boy-R, about... Read More →
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Kathleen Willard

Freelance Writer, Paragraph
Kathleen Willard, author of two poetry collections, Cirque & Sky and This Incendiary Season, works as a literary community organizer in Fort Collins,curating Writing Parties at the Museum of Art Fort Collins, a poetry writing parties a poetry/origami writing booth at the Loveland... Read More →
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Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne is a freelance copyeditor, proofreader, and writing teacher, and a 2015MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry.
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Leslee Becker

Leslee Becker grew up in the Adirondacks. She received an MFA from the IowaWriters’ Workshop, and is a former Stegner Fiction Fellow and Jones Lecturer atStanford. Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, The Atlantic, Alaska QuarterlyReview, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Epoch... Read More →
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Vauhini Vara

Vauhini Vara has written, as a freelance journalist, for The Atlantic, Harper’s, andelsewhere. Previously, she worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and as aneditor and writer for The New Yorker’s website. She is an O. Henry Prize–winningfiction writer, with short... Read More →


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