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Please join us for a reading by 2022 Colgate Writers Conference faculty. Free and open to the public!

Justin Torres is the author of We the Animals, which has been translated into fifteen languages and was recently adapted into a film. He has published short fiction in The New YorkerHarper's, GrantaTin House, The Washington PostGlimmer TrainFlaunt, and other publications, as well as nonfiction pieces in publications like The Guardian and The Advocate. The National Book Foundation named him one of the 2012's 5 under 35.

Chinelo Okparanta is the author of HappinessLike Water and Under the Udala Trees. Her honors include an O. Henry Prize and finalist selections for the International DUBLIN Literary Award, the NAACP Image Award in Fiction, and the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, among others. In 2017, Okparanta was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists, and in 2018, she was selected to serve as a fiction judge for the U.S. National Book Awards. Her second novel, Harry Sylvester Bird, is due out in July.

Since 1995, the Colgate Writers Conference has been nurturing writers at every stage, from aspiring to published. People can apply to study for two hours every day with one of our distinguished faculty in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama, or they can simply relax and recharge in our bucolic surroundings. We offer daily talks on the craft of writing as well as the practicalities of publishing. Every day ends with a reading followed by a convivial gathering on the Merrill House porch.

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