Literary Celebration

Kent Haruf Literary Celebration
September 22 – 24, 2017

Salida SteamPlant Event Center
Salida, CO  81201


Cost of Celebration is $100 per person.
Space is limited to 200 attendees.

The first Kent Haruf Literary Celebration is honoring the awarding-winning novelist who lived in Salida until his death in 2014.


Friday, Sept. 22

3:30 – 5:00  Check In

Saturday, Sept. 23

8:00 – 9:00  Breakfast Buffet    (Check In Continued)

9:00  Plenary Speech  Kent Haruf: The Man and His Work—Chris Outcalt, journalist, former editor of Denver’s 5280 Magazine

10:30 – 12:00  Morning Sessions—Select One
The Haruf World:  a Writer’s Evolving Vision—Beginning, Middle, End
  The Tie That Binds/Plainsong/Our Souls At Night–Panelists and Group Conversation
Community/Family/Women’s Relationships in small town spaces
   Plainsong/Eventide/Benediction–Panelists and Group Conversation

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch on your own in Salida

1:30 Group Meeting—Kent Haruf: A Sense of Place—Sue Hodson, Curator of Literary Manuscripts at The Huntington Library in San Marino, CA

2:00 – 3:30  Afternoon Sessions—Select One
Kent Haruf:  A Writer’s Craft—Grounded in the Geography and Culture of Colorado–Panelists and Group Conversation
Kent Haruf:  A Writer’s Art—Creative Writing Session Exploring Haruf’s Treatment of Place, facilitated by Kathy Conde, an award winning fiction author, featured in Crab Orchard Review, CutThroat:  A Journal of the Arts, Southword and others.

3:30 – 5:00  Flashmob Reading/Cocktails and Appetizers

5:00 – 7:00  Dinner on your own in Salida

7:30  The Chalk Horse Theater Presents harufspeak: An Adaptation of Selected Haruf Writings, directed by Carol Samson, professor emerita at the University of Denver.  The program is a collage of writings drawn from Haruf essays and an extended look at the McPheron brothers and Maggie Jones from his Plainsong.

Sunday, Sept. 24

9:00 – 9:30  Buffet Breakfast

9:30 – 10:30 Presentation:  “Kent Haruf, the Teacher:  His Life as a Professor and Mentor”–Greg Schwipps, professor of creative writing at DePauw University and former student of Haruf

10:30 – 10:45 Kent Haruf’s article, “I’d Dye for You,” read by John Samson

10:45 – 12:00 A Conversation with Cathy Haruf and Literary Celebration Highlights

      12:00 – 1:30 Lunch on own

2:00  Chalk Horse Theater Presents harufspeak: An Adaptation of Selected Haruf Writings directed by Carol Samson

Need a place to stay during the Celebration? See the Salida Lodging Guide.

Looking for a restaurant?  See the Salida Dining Guide.

This Literary Celebration was established by Kent’s widow, Cathy, and a Committee who wished to host an event that would honor Kent and his work. We are hoping it will be an annual event.

We knew Kent as a humble, generous, kind, talented gentleman. He was always interested in the person he was talking to, a trait that led him to develop authentic characters and share lasting friendships.

This Celebration is for listening, learning, creating, sharing, enjoying each others’ company and basking in the joy of remembering and honoring Kent’s words.

We hope you can join us for this inaugural event!

KHLC Planning Committee

Contact Person:  Lisa Marvel: OR 719-539-9629.