Open Bard Literary Series: Fiction Writer Kent Nelson
Join us for a poetry reading by award-winning local fiction writer, Kent Nelson. Based in Ouray, Nelson calls creative writing, "a way of life that allows exploration and questioning.
"I have published 145 stories, six collections, four novels, and, though I've been poor, I've never stopped loving the work. I've worked as bouncer, dishwasher, tennis pro, city judge, hired man on an alfalfa ranch, and university professor. Aside from writing, I've been interested in sports and played national level tennis, squash, and ice hockey and have run five marathons, including Pikes Peak twice. Birding is also a passion and has provided a way of being aware -- of backgrounds, sounds, the natural world, including weather."
Nelson's eclectic life experiences have enriched his writing. His awards include: the 2014 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, two NEA grants, New Hampshire and Colorado writer grants; Mountain and Plains Booksellers Award, Colorado Book Award for best novel; Nelson Algren Award; Edward Abbey Prize for Eco-fiction; stories in Best American, O. Henry, Pushcart, and Best American Mystery Stories.
Doors and Cash Bar for all Open Bard events are at 6pm. Reading begins at 6:30. Entry by suggestion $10+ donation.