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Author Talk with Writer in Residence Casey Gerald

This event is FREE and open to the general public. Advance registration required. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ups until further notice.

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.

Health & Safety: The Aspen Institute and Aspen Words regard the health and safety of staff and participants as our highest priority, and are committed to doing our part to end the COVID-19 pandemic. All attendees at in-person events will be required to show they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or, if they are legally exempt from this requirement, take an onsite COVID-19 rapid test and show a negative result before entry. This applies for all indoor and outdoor Aspen Institute/Aspen Words events starting in June 2021, but is subject to change based on revised guidance from the CDC, and/or from the state of Colorado and Pitkin County. Click here for more information, including our policy around mask-wearing and social distancing.

About Casey Gerald

Casey Gerald is the author of “There Will Be No Miracles Here,” a memoir that stands the American Dream narrative on its head, while straddling the complex intersection of race, class, religion and sexuality. TWBNMH was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR and The New York Times. The book was a finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Award, and a longlist selection for the Carnegie Medal for excellence in Nonfiction. Casey most recently published “The Black Art of Escape” in New York Magazine. The essay reflects on the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans’ arrival in Virginia, in 1619. It reframes that event and the history since, and articulates a new vision for black Americans in the 21st century. The essay was selected by Longform as one of the best essays of 2019. Casey’s two TED Talks have been viewed over five million times, and he has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, as well as in The Guardian, the New York Review of Books, and other outlets. He lives in Austin, Texas.


Thank you for registering to attend this event, we are looking forward to seeing!

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    • Workspace Code: aspeninstitute
    • Program Host or Group: Aspen Words
    • Event name: Casey Gerald – Writer in Residence
    • Event Start Date: October 19th, 2021, at 5:30 pm
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Event information
Tue Oct 19, 2021
5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
The Arts Campus at Willits
360 Market St.
Basalt, CO