ZINZI CLEMMONS IS ASPEN WORDS’ WRITER IN RESIDENCE FOR JULY
ZINZI CLEMMONS IS ASPEN WORDS’
WRITER IN RESIDENCE FOR JULY
The 2018 Aspen Words Literary Prize finalist will speak in Aspen on July 16
Aspen, CO (July 2, 2019) – Novelist Zinzi Clemmons will spend the month of July in Woody Creek, CO, as part of Aspen Words’ 2019 Writers in Residence program. Clemmons is the author of the acclaimed debut novel “What We Lose” and also teaches writing at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She will discuss her work with local author and residency partner Daniel Shaw on Tuesday, July 16 at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar in Aspen.
Raised in Philadelphia by a South-African mother and an American father, Clemmons shot onto the literary scene in 2017 with “What We Lose,” a coming-of-age story about an African-American woman dealing with the illness and eventual loss of her South-African mother and struggling with her sense of being an outsider caught between identities. The book was shortlisted for the 2018 Aspen Words Literary Prize and named Debut Novel of the Year by Vogue Magazine. Additionally, it was a finalist for the California Book Award First Fiction, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Novel and the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Prize. In 2017, Clemmons was a National Book Award 5 Under 35 honoree.
While in Woody Creek, Clemmons will be working on a collection of essays. Free copies of “What We Lose” are available to the community at the Aspen Words office in the Red Brick building through the organization’s Catch & Release program.
Following Clemmons, August’s resident will be poet Samyak Shertok. The complete lineup with author bios and event dates is available at aspenwords.org.
The Writers in Residence program is held in collaboration with the Catto Shaw Foundation.
Media partner: Aspen Magazine
ZINZI CLEMMONS EVENT DETAILS
WHEN: Tuesday, July 16 I 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. | Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar I 301 E Hopkins Ave
THE EVENT IS FREE and open to the public. Donations at the door are encouraged.
Questions or requests for author interviews can be directed to:
Aspen Words | Aspen Institute
Aspen Words was founded in 1976 as a literary center based in Aspen, CO. A program of the Aspen Institute, its mission is to encourage writers, inspire readers, and connect people through the power of stories. For more information, visit www.aspenwords.org.
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PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.
PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street. PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories:
Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s
Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street.
Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests.
All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion.
Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.
The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).
INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT
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