Western Lands & Peoples: Perspectives on the American West Lecture Series, Claire Vaye Watkins
- Monday, October 2, 2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
- Museum of the Rockies, Hager Auditorium - view map
Please join us for "An Evening with Claire Vaye Watkins" presented by the Center for Western Lands and Peoples' Western Lands and Peoples: Perspectives on the American West Lecture Series. Watkins, an American author and faculty member at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, will read selections from her fiction that reflect the inspiration she draws from her Western roots, and will discuss regionalism and the West in her work. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy.
Claire Vaye Watkins was born and raised in the Mojave Desert. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Watkins earned her MFA from The Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow.
She is the author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn, which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.
Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Tin House, Freeman’s, The Paris Review, Story Quarterly, New American Stories, Best of the West, The New Republic, The New York Times and many others. A Guggenheim Fellow, Watkins was also named one of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists." A recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, she was also one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”
Watkins is on the faculty of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. She is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.Watkins' talk will be preceded by a book-signing at 5:30 PM, and followed by a reception, both in the lobby of the Museum of the Rockies.
Free and open to the public