Laura Pritchett

Laura Pritchett lecture at Adams State


Celebrated author, Laura Pritchett, is speaking on the Adams State College campus during the seventh annual Autumn@Adams celebration She will speak twice on Monday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m. in the Nielsen Library Second Floor Commons and 7 p.m. in Porter Hall room 130.

The afternoon lecture will focus on the craft of writing, "How place informs character and plot." The 7 p.m. event, "Bridging the Sky: a discussion and reading with Laura Pritchett", will include a reading of Sky Bridge and book signing. Both events are free and open to the public.

Pritchett's book "Sky Bridge" was selected by the Adams State Common Reading Experience for incoming freshman to read and it is included in many curriculums. Set in eastern Colorado, "Sky Bridge" is the winner of the WILLA Literary Award and finalist for the Dublin International Award and the Colorado Book Award.

Publisher's Weekly calls "Sky Bridge" a "compassionate, finely observed first novel" and Bookslist writes, "In this spare yet haunting portrait of the American West, Pritchett's powerful, poetic voice speaks with clarity, wisdom, and passion about country, family, and one young woman's majestic spirit." Library Journal calls it a "captivating novel" that "offers a gritty but redeeming picture of a family that never quite lets go of hope, and characters who are not soon forgotten." This book was picked as a "Top Ten Books of the Year" by School Library Journal.

As the convocation speaker on August 20 at Adams State, Pritchett said she was impressed with the campus and community. "I was so taken with the small town feel -- the inclusive, warm, encouraging atmosphere was so apparent." She also appreciated the cultural events available on campus and in the community.

Adams State President Dave Svaldi escorted Pritchett to KRZA for a radio interview. "Not in a million years would that happen at CSU," Pritchett said.

Pritchett is editor/co-editor of three books: Home Land: Ranching and a West that Works, Pulse of the River: Colorado Writers Speak for the Endangered Cache la Poudre, and Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers.

Pritchett received her BA and MA in English at Colorado State University and her Ph.D. in Contemporary American Literature/Creative Writing at Purdue University. She teaches writing around the country and is a member of the faculty at Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop. She is a board member of the Rocky Mountain Land Library and the Colorado Art Ranch, teaches occasional writing courses, and is a freelance writer. Pritchett has had work nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has served as the judge for several literary contests, including the 2005 PEN USA Award for Fiction.

She is currently finishing three books: a new novel entitled Blue Moon Mountain, a memoir called The Normal One, and an anthology about sex and nature. She lives in Colorado, near the small cattle ranch where she was raised.

The 2010 Autumn@Adams theme, "Everyone Has A Story To Tell/Todos Tienen Una Historia Que Contar" is an opportunity for community and campus to experience art, literature and food. For a complete schedule of events, visit, or call 719-587-7827.