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Laird Hunt

★  Lecture/Discussion at a Glance
When:  Friday, Oct. 13th, 2017
Time:  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost:  Free
More Information:  Website

Laird Hunt presents his work on October 13, 2017 in the Nalanda Events Center along with readings by students:  Katie Perttunen, Sun Yung Shin, Lesa Syn and Richard Lefkowitz. Event starts at 7:00 p.m. at 6287 Arapahoe, Boulder. Admission is free – with a reception following.

Laird Hunt is the author of seven novels and a collection of short work. His works intersect several genres, including experimental literature, exploratory fiction, literary noir, speculative fiction and difficult fiction and include elements ranging from the bizarre, the tragic, and the comic. Hunt is the author of novels: The ImpossiblyThe ExquisiteIndiana, Indiana, Ray of the Star, and Kind One. His books have been translated and released in France, Italy, and Japan, and The Impossibly is available as an audio book. His work has also appeared in several recent anthologies including Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth, in which the Village Voice says “Laird Hunt’s ‘Kissability,’ in its distillation of inchoate teenage longing, is . . . as lovely a passage as anything in pop music.”

Laird Hunt grew up in Singapore, San Francisco, The Hague, and London before moving to his grandmother's farm in rural Indiana, where he attended Clinton Central High School.  He earned a B.A. from Indiana University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. He also studied French literature at the Sorbonne. Hunt worked in the press office at the United Nations while writing his first novel. He is currently a professor in the Creative Writing program at University of Denver.

Katie Perttunen, born and raised in “Yoopsconsin,” published her first poem in second grade in the PTA newsletter. As a child she wanted to write and become a children’s rights lawyer.

Studying creative writing and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an undergraduate, and studying creative writing through Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, her career has led her from advocacy for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and organizing two V-Day events, to reporting and occasionally opining in “The Ironwood Daily Globe.”

Sun Yung Shin is a Korean American poet, writer and educator living in MinneapolisMinnesota. She is the editor of "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota" (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2016), author of "Unbearable Splendor" (Coffee House Press 2016), Rough, and Savage (Coffee House Press, 2012), Skirt Full of Black(Coffee House Press, 2007), the bilingual (English/Korean) illustrated children's book Cooper's Lesson (Children's Book Press an imprint of Lee & Low Books) and she was an editor with Jane Jeong Trenka and Julia Chinyere Oparah for Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (South End Press, 2006), the first international anthology on the politics of transracial adoption edited by transracial adoptees. Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption was released in a Korean-language edition by KoRoot Press in Seoul, South Korea, in 2012.

Richard Lefkowitz is an attorney who has been practicing law in Southern California since 1993. He specializes in civil litigation, mostly involving real property matters. His articles have been published in law reviews, trade journals, and student newspapers. He has taught Journalism at the high school level, led legal seminars, and mentored law school students. He is currently working on an intimate memoir of the 1970’s, centered on the City of Los Angeles and its colorful contributions to American culture. He still lives in the LA area, with his wife of 26 years, two children, and dog, and spends his leisure time exercising, playing sports and guitar, and composing songs, lyrics and stories. This is his first public reading.

Lesa Syn is an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing program at Naropa. She teaches at the Community College of Denver.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities.  Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charmain Schuh at or 303-245-7973. About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2014–2015, Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education; an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies with traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Friday, October 13th, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cost: Free

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Naropa University Nalanda Campus
6287 Arapahoe Rd.
Boulder, CO USA 80303
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