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EVENT CANCELLED – Author Talk: Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, August Writer in Residence



Join us for an in-person author talk featuring PEN/Faulkner Award winner, Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi at the Red Brick Center for the Arts lawn in Aspen (110 E. Hallam).

SEATING: is outdoors and will be general admission, available on a first come, first served basis. Please plan to bring your own lawn chair or a blanket.

RAIN PLAN: If the forecast is calling for rain (or weather), we will move the event to a virtual platform and email all registrants by 1pm on the day-of the event to confirm the plan and provide online access.

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of three novels. She is the winner of a PEN/Faulkner Award, the John Gardner Award, a Whiting Award and a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” award and has been longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award. Her work has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship and a Fellowship from ART OMI and has appeared in the New York Times, Granta, LitHub, Guernica, BOMB Magazine and the Los Angeles Review of Books among other places. She has lived in Spain, Iran, Italy and the United Arab Emirates.  She is an Associate Professor at Notre Dame University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and a Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. 

Plans for residency:
plans to work on a collection titled Don’t Look Back that tells the stories of a group of young writers, many of whom have disappeared family members in the Middle East and Latin America. The stories are about a very particular kind of political nausea. They attempt to capture the absurdity of communications media—television, Skype, Twitter, WhatsApp—when they become the only means through which those living in exile can view the homes they’ve fled due to civil, political and financial collapse. 

In addition to our partners at the
Catto Shaw Foundation,
thank you to the following sponsors:




Event information
Wed Aug 17, 2022
5:30pm - 6:30pm MDT
The Red Brick Center for the Arts
110 E. Hallam St.
Aspen, CO 81611