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Ucross, Sheridan College Host 'Explore Hemingway' Series Event


The Ucross Foundation is hosting an event on Thursday, September 19 that is a part of the state's "Explore Hemingway" series.

Three PEN/Hemingway Award finalists, who are also Ucross residents this month, will share their writing with the public at Sheridan College.

The reading is a part of the "Explore Hemingway" series, which looks to examine the influence of American author Ernest Hemingway. The author spent time in the state as he worked on his novel A Farewell To Arms. Next year, Wyoming and Montana will host the Hemingway Society's 19th biennial conference.

Ucross Foundation President Sharon Dynak said these authors all connect to Hemingway.

"The range of writing from these three writers is very broad and very different but I would call them all adventurers and when we think about Ernest Hemingway, they all in their own way are embodying that adventurous spirit," she said.

Author Elissa Schappell said Hemingway is a quintessential American writer, and she hopes the event brings readers together.

"The idea that people who love reading Hemingway and are excited by story and excited about exploring the different kinds of the American experience, that they can come together and be a part of this and that I can be a part of it, that's exciting," Schappell said.

The PEN/Hemingway Award recognizes authors for their first novel and is awarded by Pen America.

Authors Ling Ma and Ian Bassingthwaighte will also read their work.

The Ucross Foundation hosts an artist residency program that allows writers, composers and artists to step away from their daily lives and focus on their work.

The event will feature readings from three authors, a discussion and a book signing. It will be held on Thursday 7:00 p.m. at Sheridan College's Whitney Academic Center.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Catherine Wheeler, at cwheel11@uwyo.edu.

Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.

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