Pulitzer Prize Writer Speaking at Colorado State Oct. 4 as Part of Fall 2007 Reading Series

The Creative Writing Program at Colorado State University is welcoming non-fiction Pulitzer Prize writer and Colorado State alumnus, Jim Sheeler, to its fall 2007 Reading Series. Sheeler will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Hatton Gallery in the Visual Arts Building on campus.

Sheeler, a technical journalism graduate from Colorado State, won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for his Rocky Mountain News feature story chronicling a year in the life of a Marine major who helped the families of comrades killed in Iraq cope with their loss and honor their sacrifice.

Originally from Houston, he began his award-winning career as an entertainment reporter at The Rocky Mountain Collegian, followed by positions at the Boulder Daily Camera as a senior staff writer and as a freelance writer for The Denver Post.  

In the spirit of continuing to develop and support vibrant arts in the Fort Collins community, the reading series will feature other nationally known writers and poets as well as Colorado State Master of Fine Arts graduate students throughout the course of the fall semester. All readings are free and open to the public. The series schedule follows.

– Oct. 19: The Grayrock Poetry Festival from 4:30-6 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. in the Hatton Gallery will highlight poetry by Kevin Prufer, Wayne Miller, Joshua Kryah, Amy Catanzano and John Gallaher.  

– Nov. 1: Steven Schwartz, fiction writer, and poet Dan Beachy-Quick will give readings at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatton Gallery.

– Nov. 15: Aryn Kyle will read her award-winning fictional stories at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatton Gallery. She has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, StoryQuarterly and Best New American Voices 2005. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award and a National Magazine Award in fiction.

– Dec. 6: Third-year MFA students Dana Masden, Allison Mackin and Stacy Burns will give readings at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatton Gallery.

For more information about the fall 2007 Reading Series, call (970) 491-6428.