Cullen Purser giving a talk on the craftsman’s dilemma.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5TH
Lithic Book Club Discussion: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde| 2pm
ABOUT SISTER OUTSIDER — Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches is a collection of essays and speeches by Audre Lorde, poet and feminist writer. The book is considered a classic volume of Lorde’s most influential works of non-fiction prose and has been groundbreaking and formative in the development of contemporary feminist theories. In fifteen essays and speeches dating from 1976 to 1984, Lorde explores the complexities of intersectional identity, drawing from her personal experiences with oppression, including sexism, heterosexism, racism, homophobia, classism, and ageism. The book examines a broad range of topics, including love, war, imperialism, police brutality, coalition building, violence against women, Black feminism, and movements towards equality. Lorde’s distrust for and internalization of the widespread system of dominant values within the United States is apparent throughout the collection. The work is considered controversial as Lorde expresses unapologetic anger at the injustices of society. The essays in this collection are extensively taught and have become a popular subject of academic analysis. Lorde’s theorizing of oppressions as complex and interlocking within the collection are considered a significant contribution to critical social theory.
ABOUT AUDRE LORDE — Audre Lorde was an American writer, intersectional feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist. As a poet, she is best known for technical mastery and emotional expression, as well as her poems that express anger and outrage at civil and social injustices she observed throughout her life. Her poems and prose largely deal with issues related to civil rights, feminism, and the exploration of black female identity.
In relation to non-intersectional feminism in the United States, Lorde famously said, “those of us who stand outside the circle of this society’s definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference – those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are Black, who are older – know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master’s house as their only source of support.”
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10TH
Palisade Insectary Talk: Dan Bean & Karen Rosen on the Bio-Controls of Invasive Plants
(lecture/presentation) | 7pm
ABOUT BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF INVASIVE SPECIES IN MESA COUNTY AND THE WEST — The Palisade Insectary got its start in the 1940s by using biological control against an invasive insect known as the Oriental fruit moth, which had entered the Grand Valley and threatened the peach industry. Oriental fruit moth was held in check by releasing a parasitic wasp known as Macrocentrus ancylivorus and biological control was off to a good start in Colorado. After this first success the Palisade Insectary has used biological control against a number of invasive insect pests and weeds. Among biological control targets are some familiar invasive pests such as field bindweed and tamarisk, as well as some less familiar ones such as cereal leaf beetle, Dalmatian toadflax, Canada thistle and leafy spurge. All of these invasive species have three things in common; they were introduced from other continents, they have been economically and environmentally damaging and they have been suppressed using biological control. The Palisade Insectary cooperates with the US Department of Agriculture and biological control practitioners in other states to improve current biological control programs and develop new ones. Biological control can seem mysterious and possibly dangerous yet the modern practice of biological control is safe, effective, and sustainable and fits well into the integrated management of weeds and insect pests.
ABOUT DAN BEAN — I became interested in insects at the age of four, when my vision was sharper and I was closer to the ground. I received a BA in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MS and PhD in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. My research was laboratory focused and included work on the physiology and development of insects and teaching Insect Biology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I decided to shift gears to a more applied field and started in biological control in 2000. My first project was to better understand the biology and behavior of the tamarisk beetle Diorhabda carinulata. I got to participate in the first releases of the tamarisk beetle in North America and finally got to spend a few months of the year in the field. I became Director of the Palisade Insectary in 2005 and I live in Grand Junction with my wife Zeynep and my two daughters Deniz and Ada.
ABOUT KAREN ROSEN — Karen Rosen is a Biocontrol Specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. She is currently the project leader for the Canada thistle rust fungus program. She has worked on numerous projects including the tamarisk leaf beetle, musk thistle weevil, Russian knapweed gall midge and stem gall wasp as well as biological controls for toadflax, field bindweed and purple loosestrife. Karen has worked for the Colorado Department of Agriculture for eight years. Before moving to Colorado she worked as a zookeeper at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston Massachusetts and a zookeeper at the Willow Park Zoo in Logan Utah. She studied biology at Utah State University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Colorado Mesa University.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17TH
A Reading in Support of the 2019 Women’s March (poetry) | 7pm
Join us for a reading in support of the 2019 Women’s March!
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18TH
Quinten Collier & Kyle Harvey (poetry) | 7pm
ABOUT QUINTEN COLLIER — Quinten Collier is the author of Caliban and the novel Mouth, Rome. He is an award-winning filmmaker and songwriter. He lives in Colorado.
ABOUT KYLE HARVEY — Kyle Harvey is a poet, filmmaker, songwriter, artist, and photographer. Harvey was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award (Hyacinth, Lithic Press 2013) and winner of the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in A Dozen Nothing, American Life in Poetry, Dirty Chai, Dream Pop, Electric Cereal, Empty Mirror, Fat City Review, Heavy Feather Review, HOUSEGUEST, Metatron, New Bile, Ossuary Whispers, Pilgrimage, Pith, Poems-For-All, Reality Hands, SHAMPOO, Think Journal, The Wallace Stevens Journal and elsewhere. Lithic Press published his serial poems July and Farewell Materials, while Reality Beach, recently, a package of broadsides titled, The Alphabet’s Book of Colors: Supplemental Notes for Philipp Otto Runge’s Die Farbenkugel. He lives with his wife and children in Fruita, Colorado where he designs books for Lithic Press and manages Lithic Bookstore & Gallery.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25TH
Colin Carman: The Radical Ecology of the Shelleys (literary reading/presentation) | 7pm
ABOUT COLIN CARMAN — Colin Carman is the author of The Radical Ecology of the Shelleys: Eros and Environment. He earned his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2008. A former fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, he has contributed to three book collections, Lacan and Romanticism (2019), Romantic Ecocriticism: Origins and Legacies (2016) and The Brokeback Book: From Story to Cultural Phenomenon (2011). His articles have appeared in such journals as ISLE, European Romantic Review, GLQ, Studies in Scottish Literature and Horror Studies. A Contributing Writer at The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, he is currently an Instructor of English at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST
John Nizalowski Book Launch with Carolyn Servid (literary) | 7pm
ABOUT CHRONICLES OF THE FORBIDDEN — John Nizalowski’s essays weave a large tapestry of life events reminiscent of the Mexican Tree of Life. However, his personal odyssey takes a multi-dimensional view. . . . As an artist, his tool box is filled with astonishing talents. He absorbs the movement of his trajectory and incorporates meticulous detail and grace in the images and poetry in his writing . . . . We also get to know the writer’s two daughters, Ursula and Isadora, mostly as young children, but also as young women. I’m fascinated by the pictures he draws of his children. They are tender and gentle. The children share their father’s joy of hiking and exploring caves, but sometimes he has to explore their fears. They challenge him with questions and with doubts and he answers them truthfully with thoughtful answers. The girls look up to him for guidelines and he listens to their observations and attempts to help them navigate in a complicated world.
ABOUT JOHN NIZALOWSKI — Born and raised in upstate New York, John Nizalowski moved to Santa Fe in the mid-1980’s and has ever after lived west of the 100th meridian. He is the author of four books: Land of Cinnamon Sun, a volume of essays; the multi-genre work entitled Hooking the Sun, and two collections of poetry — The Last Matinée and East of Kayenta. He has also published widely in a variety of literary journals, most notably Under the Sun, Weber Studies, Puerto del Sol, Slab, Measure, and Blue Mesa Review. He teaches creative writing, composition, and mythology at Colorado Mesa University.
ABOUT CAROLYN SERVID — Carolyn Servid moved to Sitka in 1980 after falling in love with Alaska’s wild country on a trip the previous summer. Her interest in the literary arts quickly connected her to Old Harbor Books where she and other employees dreamt the Sitka Symposium into being and gave the Island Institute its foundation. Her work with the Institute earned her the 2001 Governor’s Award for Distinguished Humanities Educator. Her memoir/essay collection Of Landscape and Longing chronicles her childhood in India and her unexpected attraction to Alaska as a place that would become her home. It was that move that galvanized her interests in issues of place, community, and the natural world. Carolyn retired in August 2014 after serving for 30 years as the Executive Director of the Island Institute.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND
Lithic Book Club: Psychopolitics by Byung-Chul Han (discussion) | 2pm
ABOUT PSYCHOPOLITICS: NEOLIBERALISM AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES OF POWER — Byung-Chul Han, a star of German philosophy, continues his passionate critique of neoliberalism, trenchantly describing a regime of technological domination that, in contrast to Foucault’s biopower, has discovered the productive force of the psyche. In the course of discussing all the facets of neoliberal psychopolitics fueling our contemporary crisis of freedom, Han elaborates an analytical framework that provides an original theory of Big Data and a lucid phenomenology of emotion. But this provocative essay proposes counter models too, presenting a wealth of ideas and surprising alternatives at every turn.
ABOUT BYUNG-CHUL HAN — Byung-Chul Han, studied metallurgy in Korea, then philosophy, German literature and Catholic theology in Freiburg and Munich. He has taught philosophy at the University of Basel, and philosophy and media theory at the School for Design in Karlsruhe. In 2012, he was appointed professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. Han’s other works available in English include The Burnout Society, The Transparency Society and The Agony of Eros.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH
Nancy Takacs, Jan Minich & Luis Lopez
(poetry) | 7pm
ABOUT NANCY TAKACS — Nancy Takacs is the author of three books of poetry, and four chapbooks. The Worrier poems received the Juniper Prize for Poetry published by U. of Massachusetts Press in 2017, and was the 2018 winner of the 15 Bytes Poetry Book Award. Her work appears in The American Journal of Poetry, The Harvard Review, Weber, Kestrel, and Sugarhouse Review. She lives in Wellington, Utah, and spends time in Bayfield, Wisconsin, near Lake Superior.
ABOUT JAN MINICH — Jan C. Minich is the author of two books of poems: Wild Roses (2017 Mayapple Press) and The Letters of Silver Dollar (City Art Press 2002) as well as two chapbooks. His work has been published in several anthologies, including New Poets of the American West, and in poetry journals Limberlost Review, Kestrel, High Country News, Montana Review, Weber: A Journal of the Contemporary, and Sugarhouse Review. During summers, he cruises Lake Superior in a small boat.
ABOUT LUIS LOPEZ — L. Luis Lopez is a professor emeritus from Colorado Mesa University. He is the author of five books of poetry including More Musings of a Barrio Sack Boy (Lithic Press 2017), Musings of a Barrio Sack Boy, A Painting of Sand, Each Month I Sing and Andromeda to Vulpecula: 88 Constellation Poems. He is the winner of the American Book Award, as well as the Writers Digest Award, and has been published in numerous literary magazines.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH
Pam Houston, author of Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country | 7pm
ABOUT DEEP CREEK: FINDING HOPE IN THE HIGH COUNTRY — In its chapters, Houston spends her days walking along the fences on her property, watching leaves on the aspens ignite into an eruption of fall colors, and caring for the animals on her ranch: the horses, sheep, chickens, Irish wolfhounds, and a pair of miniature donkeys with outsized attitudes. Houston’s audacity and generosity are on full display as she cares for an elk calf abandoned by its herd and sleeps outside to comfort her old hound. Deep Creek raises concern about the many ways we endanger the natural world’s delicate balance, and nature’s enigmatic powers to survive and to save. It’s also a chronicle of recovery.
Houston’s childhood was marked by her parents’ alcoholism and abuse—harrowing experiences, which with Houston’s deft hand are imparted in a way that’s both straightforward and deeply affecting. More shocking than her surviving multiple car wrecks at the hands of her intoxicated parents are her strength of spirit and openness of heart, qualities that illuminate every page. It’s no wonder that despite the seclusion of her ranch, Houston is never without friends, from writers like Antonya Nelson and Robert Boswell, to practical strangers who have her back in every situation. There are the locals who come to her aid when she’s snowed in, the woman who shelters her as a child from her volatile parents, a surgeon who performs an astonishing operation on her pulverized arm, a wise neighbor who tactfully keeps the ranch from being bought out from under her, and firefighters who risk their lives to try and keep a massive wildfire from destroying her ranch.
The “Diary of a Fire” section is a gripping account of the West Fork Complex wildfire and the efforts to try and contain its growing intensity. The burning traveled all the way to Houston’s backyard, which, by nothing short of a miracle, was saved by a valiant stand of aspen trees that kept it at bay. The fire scorched the mountains around her home, transforming her landscape, though not destroying it. Taking stock of the damage, Houston notices fireweed, baby aspen, woodpeckers, and the exquisite green of new grass shoots coming up through all the char.
Encompassing Houston’s childhood, her adventures, and her details of everyday life at the ranch, Deep Creek is, above all, a testament. In holding on to her ranch, Houston carved a life to support her spirit and her talents, and discovered that she could be the cowboy of her own story. “I know,” she explains, “that when I claimed these 120 acres they also claimed me. We are each other’s mutual saviors.”
ABOUT PAM HOUSTON — Pam Houston is the author of the novels Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, the short story collections Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and A Little More About Me, a collection of essays. Her stories have been selected for volumes such as The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and The Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA Literary Award for contemporary fiction, the Evil Companions Literary Award, and multiple teaching awards. She cofounded the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers, is a professor of English at UC–Davis, and teaches in the Institute of American Indian Arts’ low-residency MFA program and at writer’s conferences around the country and the world.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND
T.J. Gerlach Book Launch with Noel Kalenian
(literary) | 7pm
ABOUT CAMOUFLAGE — The very short stories of TJ Gerlach’s Camouflage are beautifully rendered considerations of other writers’ prose, sometimes narrative treatises on the writers, and sometimes shiny nuggets that glint the light of their influences. The three long stories sit like deep pools in a rushing Rocky Mountain stream, lovely and contrary to the speed of the flash fictions. Camouflageis a brilliant and unique collection of stories. —Brian Kiteley, author of Still Life with Insects and The River God
ABOUT T.J. GERLACH — T.J. Gerlach is a Professor at Colorado Mesa University where he teaches creative writing and literature. He has an MFA from the University of Utah and a PhD from the University of Denver. His work has appeared in, among other places, Juked, Flash Fiction Magazine, Aethlon, Shark Reef, Press, Literal Latte, The Wisconsin Review, Mid-American Review, Fiction Southeast, Think Journal and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. He lives in Grand Junction, Colorado with his wife, the poet Jennifer Hancock.
ABOUT NOEL KALENIAN — Noel Kalenian grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, a high desert town on the Utah border. He has lived in Boulder, Brooklyn, and San Francisco, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. His poetry and fiction have been published in Blister Packs: A Love Bunni Press Collection, Fourteen Hills, Laundry Pen, New Millennium Writings, Thin Air Magazine, Willard & Maple and elsewhere.
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