Reading: Ryan Rivas, Brooke Harless Macmillan, Arvin Ramgoolam, and Sarah Gerard, Saturday, September 17, 2022, 7 pm

Join us on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at 7 pm at Counterpath (7935 East 14th Ave. in Denver) for a book launch for Ryan Rivas’s new book Nextdoor in Colonialtown. The event is hosted by Steven Dunn and reading will be Ryan Rivas, Brooke Harless Macmillan, Arvin Ramgoolam, and Sarah Gerard. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments.

Ryan Rivas is the author of Nextdoor in Colonialtown (Autofocus 2022). He is the Publisher of Burrow Press, and the Coordinator of MFA Publishing at Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas creative writing program. A Macondo Writers Workshop fellow, his work has appeared in The Believer, The Rumpus, Literary Hub, Necessary Fiction, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012, and elsewhere.  

Sarah Gerard is the author of two novels, Binary Star and True Love, and the essay collection Sunshine State. She co-authored a book of collages and text called Recycle, which was acquired by the MoMA Library in 2022. Her essays, short stories, and interviews have been published in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Granta, The Baffler, and a few anthologies. She was the 2018–2019 New College of Florida writer-in-residence, and the 2021 winner of the LAMBDA Jim Duggins Mid-Career Novelist Prize.

(Photo/Nathan Bilow)

In 2022 Arvin Ramgoolam is a MacDowell Fellow, a Writing by Writers Hemingway House resident, and a Mesa Refuge Fellow. He is a 2020 One Story Adina Talve-Goodman Fellow and his words can be found in the Asian American Writers Workshop, The Normal School, and the Jellyfish Review. He and his wife, Danica, own and operate Townie Books in Crested Butte, Colorado. 

Brooke Harless MacMillan is one of three Co-Executive Directors of the Center and serves as the Center’s Artistic Director. Brooke is a Colorado native with a BA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University and a Master of Fine Arts from Goucher College in Baltimore. She served in the Peace Corps teaching writing and resource sustainability in Jamaica before moving to Crested Butte in 2005. She and her husband, Jason moved to Istanbul in 2012 where Brooke worked for the Turkish Film Channel and wrote for Istanbul-based publications. After moving to Scotland in 2014, she completed her MFA thesis manuscript on oral histories of older people in northeast Scotland, and a look at aging and the elderly in our global context— a project she is currently expanding into a book for commercial publication. Brooke also delighted in attending and studying many of the abundant UK literary programs and festivals while living in Scotland and was thrilled to return to Crested Butte to direct the Center for the Arts’s new Literary Arts Department.

Steven Dunn is the author of the novels Potted Meat and water & power and a ridiculous amount of facebook posts that, fortunately, teachers invited him into their classrooms to read those facebook posts. It’s fun as hell because facebook is my playtime, so it feels good to play in classrooms. His works-in-progress are centered around various types of play, that’s why he’s talking about playing so much in this bio.