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Author Talk with Writer in Residence EJ Levy

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 E.J. Levy

E.J. Levy is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction and a former film-magazine editor; her debut novel, “The Cape Doctor,” publishes in June 2021. An LGBTQ and environmental activist, Levy edited “Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers,” which won a Lambda Literary Award. Her story collection, “Love, In Theory,” received a Flannery O’Connor Award and GLCA New Writers Award. Levy’s work has appeared in The Paris Review, Best American Essays, Orion, Salon, Salmagundi, The Nation, Kenyon Review and The New York Times, and was twice named among Distinguished Stories in Best American Short Stories. She received a Pushcart Prize, Chicago Literary Award, Michener Fellowship, Loft-McKnight Fellowship, Nelson Algren Finalist Prize, and has held fellowships to Aspen Words, Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ conferences. She holds a degree in history from Yale and is an associate professor at CSU.

During her time in Woody Creek, CO EJ will be working on revising her second novel, “Imperfection’s School,” set in Park Slope, Brooklyn, in the 1990s (“Dyke Slope,” as it was known then), and on a food memoir.


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

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    • Event Start Date: August 17th, 2021, at 5:30 pm
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Event information
Tue Aug 17, 2021
5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Red Brick Center for the Arts
110 E. Hallam Street
Aspen, CO