Event Schedule

Schedule for Kent Haruf Celebration 2019

SteamPlant Event Center, 220 E. Sackett Ave., Salida, CO 81201

Fri., Sept 27, 2019

5:00-7:00–registration, social gathering–SteamPlant Paquette Gallery (Theater lobby)

7:00–film presentation, Our Souls at Night, Q&A with Ritesh Batra, film director– Theater

Sat., Sept 28, 2019

8:30-9:15– registration, coffee, welcome– SteamPlant Ballroom

9:15-9:45–Kent’s video from 2002. Plainsong, One Book-One Lincoln– Theater

10:15-11:45–speaker and Q&A–Mark Spragg, author, “Remembering Kent.”–SteamPlant Ballroom

11:45-1:00–lunch in Ballroom

1:00-2:30–speaker and Q&A–Sue Hodson, Curator of Literary Collections, retired, Huntington Library. “No Goddamn Sunday School Picnic: Grace and Redemption in Plainsong,” and discussion about Kent’s papers at Huntington Library.– SteamPlant Theater

Stretch and Breathe–Jody Bol

3:00-4:30–speaker, slides, readings, Q&A–Peter Brown, Photographer, “Working with Kent: The Creation of West of Last Chance.”–SteamPlant Theater

7:30 pm–Stage production, The Tie That Binds, Carol Samson, director–SteamPlant Theater

Sun., Sept 29, 2019

8:00-9:00–breakfast in SteamPlant Ballroom

9:15-10:45–speaker and Q&A–Greg Schwipps, professor of English, DePauw University, “How Haruf Teaches a Place: What a Writer Can Learn About Setting from Haruf Novels, and What One Writer Learned from the Man Himself,” SteamPlant Ballroom

11:15-12:45–Creative Writing Workshop–Sorel Haruf, English teacher,Tara Performing Arts Waldorf High School– SteampPlant Ballroom


11:15-12:45–speaker and Q&A–Kent Thompson, artistic director for stage presentations of Plainsong, Eventide and Benediction. SteamPlantTheater

and speaker and Q&A–Ramazan Yigit, Kurdish Immigrant from Eastern Turkey. “Kent’s Community Through a Kurdish Immigrant’s Eyes.”– SteamPlant Theater


2:00 pm–Stage production, The Tie That Binds, Carol Samson, director– SteamPlant Theater