Stant Litore (Aurora)

a Colorado storyteller is maybe in a good place to remind people, through stories, of how diverse we all are, and how tyrannical cramming everyone in one definition can be.

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Kristi Helvig (Denver)

In writing fiction, you are able to create a distance for the reader from the “real world” which allows for the exploration of tough topics and ideas. It’s not like the books have the answers to all these complex issues but they should definitely raise questions for the reader.

Kate Jonuska (Boulder)

Literature can be a great way to think and talk about the important issues of the day. We can often process our own feelings about the world by engaging with stories in a way we can’t when watching the news about the real world.