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Author Describes Influences of Rocky Mountain National Park

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Date: April 21, 2009
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363

Saturday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. – A Place of Power: Thirty Years of Stories from the Heart of the Rockies

Author Paul Miller will present stories of how Rocky Mountain National Park has influenced and rearranged his life. His readings, based on more than thirty years of exploring the park, include personal narratives of climbing, hiking, and wandering diverse landscapes from river bottoms to the high peaks of the Rockies.

A cast of characters includes granite spires, rubble-strewn summits, forgotten drainages, hailstorms, hardy flora, ubiquitous elk, towering thunderheads, and tourists, friends, and family.

Paul Miller is writer and editor of Colorado State Magazine published at Colorado State University. He was a 2007 Artist-in-Resident at Rocky Mountain National Park and received a COVisions award for literature from the Colorado Council on the Arts. Last year, he won the grand prize for essay writing from the Tallgrass Writers Guild based in Chicago.

Paul’s essays and fiction have appeared in a wide range of publications including High Country News, Matter literary magazine, Orion, and three books. Paul also has been a community columnist for the Denver Post. Although his creative nonfiction has appeared in local and national anthologies and collections, he is still keeping his day job.

The theme of the 2009 Lyceum Series is “Celebrate our Natural World: Artists Who Are Inspired by the Environment.” This year’s series has a cultural focus. The presentations will highlight how the natural world influences and inspires artists. Artists of all types: singers, musicians, painters, sculptors, woodcarvers, performance artists, writers, quilters and photographers will be involved in this year’s Lyceum.

The Lyceum schedule runs from January 17 to May 16, 2009. Financial support for the lyceum series is provided by the park’s nonprofit partner, the Rocky Mountain Nature Association. Programs are free and open to the public. They are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center auditorium in Rocky Mountain National Park. For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call (970) 586-1206.

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