Reading: In The Away Time: A Book Release Celebration with Front Range Friends, Saturday, April 27, 2024, 7pm

Join us on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 7pm at Counterpath (7935 East 14th Ave. in Denver) for In The Away Time: A Book Release Celebration with Front Range Friends. Free and open to the public.

Join us to hear Kristen E. Nelson read from her new book of epistolary prose poems, In the Away Time (Autofocus, 2024) Come and celebrate uncanny devotion, the syntax of desire, and ruinous love! Nelson will be accompanied by Front Range writers, Teré Fowler-Chapman, Hillary Leftwich, and Frankie Rollins, with MC, Selah Saterstrom.

Kristen E. Nelson is a queer writer, scholar, and performer. She is the author of two books In the Away Time (Autofocus Books, April 2024) and the length of this gap (Damaged Goods, August 2018); and two chapbooks sometimes I gets lost and is grateful for noises in the dark (Dancing Girl, 2017) and Write, Dad (Unthinkable Creatures, 2012). She has published creative and critical writing in Feminist Studies, Bombay Gin, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Tarpaulin Sky Journal, Trickhouse, and Everyday Genius, among others. Kristen founded Casa Libre en la Solana, a non-profit writing center in Tucson, Arizona, where she worked as the Executive Director for 14 years and co-founded Four Queens, a platform for divinatory poetics with Selah Saterstrom. Kristen is currently a Ph.D. student and professor of creative writing at the University of California – Santa Cruz in the Literature Department’s creative/critical writing concentration. 

Teré Fowler Chapman (pronouns: they/them & he/him) is a black trans migrant—by way of Sonoran Desert, by way of Boot’s Bayou.  As a creative practitioner and educator, he has worked with thousands of community members nationwide on centering the needs of LGBTQIA+ youth and adults in K-12 education, universities, non-profit organizations, and prison industries. His work utilizes equitable practices and policies to liberate under-supported populations and foster social change.  He is a National Arts Strategies’ Creative Community alumni, a member of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute’s 2020 Cohort, and a Rocky Mountain Southwest Emmy nominee.  You can find his work in the Huffington Post, University of Arizona’s VOCA, TEDxTucson, Tucson Weekly, Arizona Public Media’s PBS & NPR & more. Teré is most recently the author of MOONSHiNE (R&R Press, 2023).

Hillary Leftwich (she/her) is the author of Ghosts Are Just Strangers Who Know How to Knock and Aura. She owns Alchemy Author Services and Writing Workshop and teaches writing at several universities and colleges along with Lighthouse Writers, a local nonprofit for adults and youth. She focuses her writing on class struggle, single motherhood, trauma, mental illness, the supernatural, ritual, and the impact of neurological disease. On the outskirts of the writing world, she is also a professional Tarot and Bones reader and teaches Tarot and Tarot writing workshops focusing on strengthening divination abilities and writing.

Frankie Rollins is the author of Do You Feel Like Writing? A Creative Guide To Artistic Confidence (Fifth Brain Collective, 2023), and two books of fiction, The Grief Manuscript (Finishing Line Press, 2020) and The Sin Eater & Other Stories (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2013). After 25 years of teaching in academic settings, Rollins started the Fifth Brain Collective, a radiant space for cultivating artistic confidence featuring classes, coaching, and conversations on creativity.

Selah Saterstrom is thrilled to MC this event! She has lived in Denver for almost twenty years, where she has been on writing faculty at the University of Denver. She is leaving DU (and Colorado) this Spring to live fulltime on Vashon Island where she will teach writing and Divinatory Poetics through Four Queens.