past event

Author Talk: Jenn Shapland, May Writer in Residence

Join Aspen Words for an in-person author talk at TACAW (400 Robinson St, Basalt, CO 81621) featuring May Writer in Residence, Jenn Shapland whose debut book “My Autobiography of Carson McCullers” published in 2020; Shapland is a 2021 Lambda Literary Award winner as well as 2020 National Book Award finalist.
Moderator: Aspen Words Executive Director Adrienne Brodeur

Bookbinders Basalt will be onsite selling Shapland’s books.
Drinks will be for sale at the bar.

DOORS: open at 5:00 pm.

SEATING: is general admission and available on a first come, first served basis.


Jenn Shapland is a writer and archivist living in New Mexico. Her first book, “My Autobiography of Carson McCullers” (Tin House 2020), was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award and won the 2021 Lambda Literary Award, the Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award, and the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award. Shapland has a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin.Her essays have appeared in the New England Review, the New York Times, Outside, Guernica, and Tin House. Her research and writing have been supported by residencies at Yaddo, Ucross, and Vermont Studio Center and by fellowships from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Howard Foundation. Her second book, “Thin Skin,” will be published by Pantheon Books. 

Plans for residency:
Jenn will be finishing her second book, the essay collection Thin Skin:  a personal and probing examination of capitalism’s pervasive toll on the land and our bodies, and the challenging, complex work of creating an autonomous life as a queer woman, living in the margins of the American imagination.  

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





Event information
Tue May 24, 2022
5:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
The Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW)
400 Robinson St.
Basalt, CO 81621