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Karen Auvinen, Rough Beauty

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Join us for June's Page Turner Writers Reading Event with Karen Auvinen and help celebrate her memoir ROUGH BEAUTY, set to release on June 5th. You will have the opportunity to hear Karen read from her work along with purchasing her book and getting it signed. RSVP on Facebook

In ROUGH BEAUTY, Auvinen examines her life’s journey to the point of the fire while beginning a new adventure that rebuilds her life, reconciles with her past, and even finds love. Recording forty seasons of living at 8,500 feet alone (save for her beloved husky Elvis), Auvinen lets readers experience the joy of deep winter’s silence, the beauty of walking through the thawing grasslands in spring, and the thrill of waking up to a brown bear tapping at your door.

Gorgeous and hypnotic, ROUGH BEAUTY is a book that will inspire readers to look outside their comfort zone to seek the unknown, both inward and in the great outdoors.


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 Karen Auvinen is a poet, mountain woman, lifelong Westerner, and writer. Her work has appeared in the New York Times as well as numerous literary journals. A former Artist-in-Residence for the State of Colorado, Karen is the winner of two Academy of American Poets awards and has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes in fiction. She earned her MA in poetry from the University of Colorado-Boulder, under the mentorship of Lucia Berlin, and went on to earn her PhD in fiction writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently, she teaches film and popular culture at the University of Colorado-Boulder.


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Page Turner Writers - Locals Night
Later Event: July 28
Open Mic Night