LCCC Literary Connection

Literary Connection

Literary Connection is an annual gathering at LCCC to celebrate the written word and acknowledge the special relationship between authors and readers.

Lose yourself in the joy of the written word with guest poet Felicia Zamora and novelist Ausma Zehanat Khan. Let their experiences and stories captivate you, hear about their creative process, and ask them questions while engaging in conversation with fellow readers and enjoying a delicious meal. The event is followed by a book-signing.

Date: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021
Location: Laramie County Community College, ANB Bank Leadership Center in the Clay Pathfinder Building
Cost: $30 per person
*includes: presentations by the authors, dinner and a book signing
For questions, please call the Foundation at 307.778.1110.

Literary Connection Bookclub

Want to read and discuss the work of our presenting authors before the event? We will host free bookclub meetings - separate from the Literary Connection Dinner Event - in August and September that you can attend in-person (refreshments served) or via Zoom.  To participate and receive reminders and more details, email%20Literary%20Connection%20Bookclub and let us know which of the following you would like to join (you can join all three!).

Felicia Zamora Literary Connection Bookclub - Poetry

Meetings - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, August 26 and September 30

Laramie County Community College - Ludden Library Meeting Room

BooksI Always Carry My BonesInstrument of GapsBody of Render, and Of Form & Gather Pick one, two, three, or all four of these collections to read. Both meetings will discuss all four books and themes found throughout Zamora's body of work. The club will also discuss the recreational reading of poetic work in general. What do club readers like about reading poetry? How is reading a poetry collection different than reading a solitary poem? What did club readers relate to in Zamora's work? What questions would they ask Ms. Zamora if they could? All thoughts, opinions, and perspectives are welcome! Books may be purchased at the links above and several copies are available for public check-out at the Ludden Library on the LCCC campus.

Ausma Zehanat Khan Literary Connection Bookclub - Mystery

Meetings - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, August 23 and September 27

Laramie County Community College - Ludden Library Meeting Room

BookThe Unquiet Dead At the August 23 meeting the club will discuss Chapters 1-20 along with general discussion of Khan's characters, plot building, setting, and themes. At the September 27 the club will discuss chapters 21-37 and the work as a whole with further discussion of Khan's mystery writing, story development & conclusion, and themes. What did club readers like? dislike? How does this book compare to other contemporary mystery novels? What sets it apart? What questions would you ask Dr. Khan if you could? All thoughts, opinions, and perspectives are welcome! Book may be purchased at the link above and several copies are available for public check-out at the Ludden Library on the LCCC campus.

Ausma Zehanat Khan Literary Connection Bookclub - Fantasy

Meetings - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, August 25 and September 22

Laramie County Community College - Ludden Library Meeting Room

BookThe Bloodprint  The August 25 meeting will discuss chapters Chapters 1-30 along with general discussion of Khan's themes, writing, world-building, and characters. The September 22 meeting will discuss chapters 31-55 and the work as a whole with further discussion of Khan's fantasy writing, plot, and themes. How does Khan's work compare to classic examples of fantasy novels? What sets this novel apart from other popular fantasy fiction? What did club readers like? dislike? What questions would you ask Dr. Khan if you could? All thoughts, opinions, and perspectives are welcome! Book may be purchased at the link above and several copies are available for public check-out at the Ludden Library on the LCCC campus.

About the Writers

Felicia Zamora

Felicia Zamora

Felicia Zamora is a poet, educator, and editor currently living in OH. She is the author of six books of poetry including: I Always Carry My Bones, winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize released from the University of Iowa Press in April 2021, Quotient forthcoming from Tinderbox Editions in 2021, Body of Render, winner of the 2018 Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press (2020), Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions, 2018), & in Open, Marvel (Parlor Press, 2018), and Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame Press).

Zamora received fellowships and residencies from CantoMundo, Ragdale Foundation, PLAYA, Moth Magazine, and Noepe Center at Martha’s Vineyard, authored two chapbooks, won the 2019 Wabash Prize for Poetry and the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize, and was the 2017 Poet Laureate of Fort Collins, CO.

Zamora’s poems and essays are found or forthcoming in AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, American Poetry Review, Boston Review online, Georgia Review, Guernica, Literary Hub, Missouri Review Poem-of-the-Week, Orion, POETRY, Poetry Daily, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, The Nation, and others. She is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and is the associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review.

“Poetry is everywhere, in each one of us. You need not dig very deep before you find yourself eyeballs deep in a poem. We don't always arrive at the page a welcome guest; yet the importance of word to world swells inside us. Sometimes poetry arrives in us from the past; sometimes from the future; & sometimes still, unexpectedly in the burrowing night. The journey of a singular being is not one to explore lightly...especially that of your own self journey. Growing up in a small town in Iowa as a bi-racial dreamer started my path toward my incessant relationship with poetry. My mother was a single parent with three very roiling children who instilled independence and self-awareness in us from day one. I learned very early on that words have weight. To this day, I believe words have weight. Understanding this, allows me to interact with word and world with witness and with delicacy. I ask questions. To question the self is part of each of our stories. Where is your story now? What makes you? What makes your chest swell? Poetry makes me swell. Poetry in story; story in poetry; you in both; and when I say "you" I mean me. See, this is how we become...word to word into world.”

Felicia Zamora's Official Website

Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ausma Zehanat Khan is the author of The Unquiet Dead, published by St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books, and winner of the Barry Award, the Arthur Ellis Award and the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Novel, as well as a 2016 Macavity Award finalist. Works in Khan's critically acclaimed Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty mystery series include The Language of SecretsA Death in SarajevoAmong the Ruins, and A Dangerous Crossing. In A Deadly Divide, the fifth and latest book in the series, Detectives Khattak and Getty investigate a mosque shooting in Quebec, and explore the after-effects of a rising tide of Islamophobia in both the province and the nation. CrimeReads named Khan one of the Rising Stars of Crime Fiction in the 2010s, and both CrimeReads and Library Journal named A Deadly Divide one of the best crime novels of 2019.

Khan has been featured in a Shondaland profile of Muslim Women Authors Everyone Should Know, and as Ms. Chatelaine in Chatelaine magazine. Most recently, she was profiled on Public Radio International. She frequently appears on CBC Radio, and has been interviewed by the BBC World Service and BBC Radio Woman's Hour, as well as appearing on CTV Your Morning, CBS and The Agenda. Khan interviewed Man Booker prizewinner Marlon James for the Denver Pen & Podium series in 2021.

The Bloodprint, Ausma Zehanat Khan's fantasy debut, has been hailed as "one of the year's finest fantasy debuts". Published by Harper Voyager US & UK, The Bloodprint is Book One of The Khorasan Archives, a four-book epic fantasy series, that was followed by The Black Khan in October 2018, and The Blue Eye in 2019. In 2019, Khan was a Sirens Guest of Honor. The Bladebone, the epic conclusion of The Khorasan Archives received starred reviews and was published in October 2020.

Khan's non-fiction book, Ramadan, for middle-grade students, was published by Orca Books as part of the Origins series in Spring 2018. It was selected as a Children's Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2019, and as the Children's Literature Roundtable of Canada's 2019 Information Book Award Honour Book. Ramadan has also been nominated for a Hackmatack Children's Choice Award.

Khan's nonfiction essay, "Origins and Destinations", was published by Seal Press in the crime writers' anthology, Private Investigations, edited by Victoria Zackheim, in 2020. She also has the short story, "The Once and Future Qadi", forthcoming in the Sword Stone Table anthology, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. An Esa Khattak crime story is forthcoming in a new BAME anthology.

A frequent lecturer and commentator, Khan holds a Ph.D. in international human rights law with a research specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans, from Osgoode Hall Law School. She completed her LL.B. and LL.M. at the University of Ottawa, and her B.A. in English literature & sociology at the University of Toronto.

Formerly, Khan served as Editor in Chief of Muslim Girl magazine. The first magazine to address a target audience of young Muslim women, Muslim Girl re-shaped the conversation about Muslim women in North America. The magazine was the subject of two documentaries, and hundreds of national and international profiles and interviews, including CNN International, Current TV, and Al Jazeera "Everywoman". 

Ausma Zehanat Khan's Official Website