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Winter Words with Safiya Sinclair – TACAW in Basalt & Livestreamed

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What is it like to leave everything you know behind? Join Aspen Words at TACAW for Winter Words with memoirist and award-winning poet Safiya Sinclair, as she discusses her new book, “How to Say Babylon.” This Read with Jenna TODAY show book club pick examines the author’s rigid Rastafarian upbringing and her efforts to break free from the patriarchal structure which defined her youth.

Moderator: Mitzi Rapkin, host of First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing

Event location: TACAW 400 Robinson Street Basalt, CO 81621. Parking is limited.

Doors: 5:30 p.m. | Talk: 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Book-signing to follow. Explore Booksellers will be selling books.



Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of the memoir “How to Say Babylon,” forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in October 2023. She is also the author of the poetry collection “Cannibal,” winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. “Cannibal” was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Notable Books of the Year and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Seamus Heaney First Book Award in the UK and was longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Sinclair’s other honors include a Pushcart Prize, fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, MacDowell, Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Nation, Poetry, Kenyon Review, the Oxford American and elsewhere.

Thanks to our partners at Explore Booksellers and Bookbinders Basalt,
Aspen Words members receive 20% off Winter Words book titles.

Thank you to our season presenting sponsors

Diane & William Hunckler

Beth & Josh Mondry

Helen & Wally Obermeyer


Thanks also to our local partners:

Event information
Thu Feb 29, 2024
6:00pm - 7:00pm MDT
400 Robinson Street
Basalt, CO