Just when you thought this year couldn’t get any better, CAL is about to bring you an event that will inspire you, excite you, and motivate you to move forward in your career as a writer: our annual banquet and business meeting. On Thursday, May 8, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. join other CAL professional writers in the Skyline Ballroom of the newly remodeled Courtyard by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, for an evening everyone will be talking about.
Besides sharing drinks, dinner and conversation with some of the most talented writers in the state, you will get to meet and personally congratulate Joyce Meskis, the owner of The Tattered Cover, who is CAL’s first-ever recipient of the Author Advocate Award. If you are a book author, you’ve likely had a signing at the Tattered Cover, thanks to Joyce, or had your books on her shelves, or enjoyed a writing event presented by other authors. Joyce is a lioness among us when it comes to supporting and promoting writers and readers, and it’s time we told her how much we appreciate all she has done to further our craft.
Then prepare to be awed by our first-ever CAL Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Lois Beebe Hayna. When many of us might have been settling back in an easy chair, enjoying retirement, Lois was just getting started. This 101-year-old wonder woman, began writing in her 60’s, went on to publish eight books of breathtaking poetry, helped found the Foothill Arts Center, served as the poet laureate for Colorado Springs, earned an honorary PhD from Regis University where they named the Lois Beebe Hayna Creative Writing Center after her, and still finds time to host two-to-three writing groups a week in her home to help other writers even though she is now legally blind.
If that isn’t enough, you’ll barely have time to sit back in your chair before our speaker, Robert Greer comes to the podium. Greer is not just the best-selling author of the C.J. Floyd mystery series and a Colorado Book Award winner for his literary novel, Spoon, but also a former cancer researcher, professor of pathology, medicine, surgery and dentistry at CU Health Sciences Center. In his spare time, when not wrangling cattle on his 4,000-acre ranch in Wyoming, he founded The High Plains Literary Review, and still serves as editor-in-chief. Greer is a dazzling speaker who will motivate you to do more.
And that’s not all: you’ll get to honor your fellow writers who are the winners of this year’s CAL Awards, and elect next year’s CAL officers and board members. Whew.
Go this moment to the CAL website, scroll to the PayPal button, pick from the wonderful selection of dinners arranged by the magnificent Eliza Cross (a cookbook author and our banquet chairperson), and sign up today.
Can’t wait to see you there!