Levine, one of the most highly regarded of all living American poets, is best known for poems about working life in America. Levine?s many collections include "Breath" (2004), "The Mercy" (1999), "The Simple Truth" (1994, winner of the Pulitzer Prize), "What Work Is" (1991, winner of the National Book Award) and "New Selected Poems" (1991). Recorded March 9, 2006.
Colorado College faculty member Chris Bachelder is the author of the novels "U.S.!," "Bear v. Shark" and "Lessons in Virtual Tour Photography." Bachelder teaches beginning fiction writing, advanced fiction writing, senior seminar in fiction writing and contemporary American fiction. Recorded April 17, 2006.
Poets Conrad Hilberry and Jane Hilberry (CC English faculty) read from their work. His books include "After Music" and "Sorting the Smoke." She’s the winner of the Colorado Book Award for "Body Painting." Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded December 10, 2009.
Clay Jenkinson, cultural commentator, author, and first-person impersonator, in-character as John Wesley Powell, offers contemporary comments on Powell's reactions to the challenges facing the Rocky Mountain region today. Jenkinson is the scholar behind the Thomas Jefferson of public radio's The Thomas Jefferson Hour and winner of the Charles Frankel Prize. Recorded April 13, 2006.
One of America’s most beloved and delightful poets, X.J. Kennedy is author of "In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus" and "Peeping Tom’s Cabin." Kennedy (his given name was Joseph Kennedy; he later stuck an X. in front of it and has been stuck with it ever since has received the Lamont Award of the Academy of American Poets (for his first book, "Nude Descending a Staircase"), the Los Angeles Book Award for poetry (for "Cross Ties: Selected Poems") and the Aiken-Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, presented by the University of the South and The Sewanee Review). This reading was presented at Colorado College, March 26, 2009.
A. E. Stallings reads from her poetry. Her works include "Hapax," a new collection of poems. Her book "Archaic Smile" won the 1999 Richard Wilbur Award from the Poetry Society of America and established her as one of the finest of the new generation of formalist poets. Her numerous awards include the Pushcart Prize, Eunice Tietjens Prize, Frederick Bock Prize, James Dickey Prize and the Nemerov Sonnet Award. Recorded October 12, 2006.
Aimee Bender, novelist, short story writer, and writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California, reads from her work. She is the author of two collections of stories, "The Girl in the Flammable Skirt" (1998) and "Willful Creatures: Stories" (2005). She also is the author of the novel "An Invisible Sign of My Own" (2003). Recorded May 3, 2007.
"This Beautiful City" is a provocative musical about the growth of the evangelical movement in Colorado Springs, created by the New York-based investigative theater company The Civilians and is the culmination of their residency in Colorado Springs in 2006. While conducting interviews with residents involved with or affected by the mega-church movement, scandal broke about New Life Church pastor Ted Haggard, providing the playâ€™s creators and the people of Colorado Springs with an unprecedented opportunity as those events unfolded. Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded December 6, 2009.