City as Muse: How Denver Stirs Creativity
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (MDT)
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A view of the Denver skyline from the Confluence Building on the Community College of Denver campus at Auraria. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
Artists, writers, creators of all media use their environment for inspiration. But how does the city one lives in contribute to the creative process? All those concrete buildings! The busy streets and grind of daily living! Join us Wednesday, April 2, to hear the fascinating process of how three Denver artists derive inspiration from their city.
Author Amy B. Zimmer knows old homes. Denver and its architecture are her passions. Her latest book, "Denver’s Historic Homes," reveals the history of the city through its significant residential architecture. Poignantly, it celebrates many of Denver’s grand homes that have been lost. Her previous books include Denver’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood, Arcadia Publishing (2009), and Showtime: Denver’s Performing Arts, Convention Centers, and Theatre District, co-authored with Dr. Thomas J. Noel (2008). Amy serves on the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission and chairs the Historic Preservation Committee for Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods.
Jenny Shank’s first novel, "The Ringer" (Permanent Press, 2011), won the High Plains Book Award in fiction and was a finalist for the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association's Reading the West Award. Jenny grew up in Denver and earned degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Colorado. She is currently a Mullin Scholar in writing at the University of Southern California and lives in Boulder with her family. Her stories, essays, satire and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, McSweeney's, The McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Onion, Prairie Schooner, and Alaska Quarterly Review. Find out how the city structures this author’s writing and becomes part of the story.
Ray Mark Rinaldi is the fine arts critic for The Denver Post, reviewing art and architecture, classical music, dance and the intersection of culture and current events. A veteran writer and editor, he's originally from Philadelphia and was a fellow with the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University. His skill in interpreting artists' aims is eye-opening for the rest of us. You've seen his videos and read his critiques -- now meet him in person and hear what he really thinks of Denver!
TIME: 6 - 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 2
SPEAKERS: Amy Zimmer, Jenny Shank and Ray Rinaldi
PROGRAM: Free admission with registration; refreshments served
Make reservations early and enter a drawing to win a copy of "Denver’s Historic Homes" or "The Ringer"!