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We had the pleasure of welcoming Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Andrew Sean Greer to The Denver Post Pen & Podium Literary Author Series. Prior to Andrew’s lecture, he joined us backstage to present a monetary contribution to Stories on Stage, a nonprofit that brings stories to life. Through entertaining stage performances of literature, they encourage and enhance literacy and the love of reading.
Pictured from left to right are: Stacy Schafer, communications and grants manager of The Denver Post Community Foundation; Andrew Sean Greer, award-winning author; from Stories on Stage are Abbe Stutsman, executive director, Anthony Powell, artistic director, and Theresa Keatinge, board president; and Tracy Ulmer, president and ceo of The Denver Post Community Foundation.
We kicked off the 16th season of The Denver Post Pen & Podium Literary Author Series with the 2 time National Book Award winner, Jesmyn Ward. During her lecture, Jesmyn shared deep moments from her past and why she was drawn to write. It was a moving and powerful presentation. The evening began with her helping us present a check backstage to our charity partner, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, a nonprofit organization that works so hard to support writers and readers of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels to achieve their fullest potential as artists and human beings. Ms. Ward then said hello to our Pen & Podium sponsor, Northwestern Mutual’s guests and subscriber guests in a backstage VIP kickoff reception prior to her taking the stage.
Pictured from left to right are: Stacy Schafer, communications and grants manager of The Denver Post Community Foundation; Laurie Wagner, development director of Lighthouse Writers Workshop; Jesmyn Ward, award winning author; and Tracy Ulmer, president and CEO of The Denver Post Community Foundation.
On Monday, January 27, 2020 we welcomed award winning novelist and Poet, Michael Ondaatje to The Denver Post Pen & Podium Literary Author Series. The author of the classic, bestselling novel “The English Patient” and most recently of “Warlight,” talked about how he has used his personal life and surroundings to create some deep characters and intricate settings in his novels.
At each lecture, we are proud to recognize and present a grant to a nonprofit agency focused on literacy and education and on Monday, we welcomed Anchor Center for Blind Children, where literacy opens up a whole new world of discovery and is a central component of their early childhood education and therapeutic programming, including braille, assistive technology, and the nationally accredited “Expanded Core Curriculum” for young students with visual impairments and additional disabilities.
Michael Ondaatje joined us backstage to present their grant seen here, in the center of the photo with (from left to right): from The Denver Post Community Foundation, Stacy Schafer, communications and grants manager; from Anchor Center for Blind Children: Sarah Rice, volunteer program and administrative services manager; Molly Jenkins, grants and proposal development manager; Savannah Wippel, director of development and community relations; and Frances Owens, community relations manager; and from The Denver Post Community Foundation, Tracy Ulmer, president and CEO
We were pleased to welcome bestselling author and American historian, Michael Beschloss to The Denver Post Pen & Podium stage to help bring the 15th P&P season to a close on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Beschloss had a great way of connecting with the sold-out crowd to share what he has uncovered with his research of the past U.S. Presidents.
Prior to Michael’s lecture, he joined us backstage to present a $5,000 grant to Scholars Unlimited to help support their mission to support low-income, academically struggling young learners by providing rigorous literacy instruction and enrichment programs to help students achieve measurable success — and to inspire life-long learning. Beschloss also spent time at a reception talking with guests from Northwestern Mutual, a Pen & Podium sponsor.
Pictured from left to right are Stacy Schafer, communications and grants manager – The Denver Post Community Foundation; Diana Romero Campbell, president – Scholars Unlimited; Michael Beschloss – featured author; Monica Colbert – development director – Scholars Unlimited; and Tracy Ulmer, president and CEO – The Denver Post Community Foundation.
The Denver Post Pen & Podium Literary Series welcomes award winning authors to speak to our sold out crowd of subscribers and on Saturday, March 9, we had the pleasure of hosting the bestselling mystery writer, Louise Penny. What a great night it was hearing about her way of writing, thinking and living and enjoying her sense of humor the whole way through. Louise joined us backstage prior to her talk to meet and help present a $5,000 grant to Colorado Youth for a Change – Colorado Reading Corps. This program manages kindergarten through third grade students in seven school districts across the state, to increase reading proficiency. Accepting the check on behalf of Colorado Youth for a Change were executive director, Mary Zanotti, Katie Garthwright, Kindra Weisbrod and Jen Reming, pictured with our featured author from Canada, Louise Penny, and Stacy Schafer from The Denver Post Community Foundation.
On Monday, January 28, 2019, The Denver Post Pen & Podium Literary Series was pleased to welcome Celeste Ng, award winning author of “Little Fires Everywhere” and “Everything I Never Told You.” She shared stories that were inspiring, honest and comical about her life, being a mom, and her writing process. Prior to Celeste’s on-stage conversation, and the Northwestern Mutual VIP Reception backstage, she joined The Denver Post Community Foundation in presenting a $5,000 grant to Brink Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization devoted to utilizing the power of storytelling to positively affect the lives of people on the brink. In the photo, pictured from left to right are: Tracy Ulmer, president and CEO of The Denver Post Community Foundation; Celeste Ng, Pen & Podium featured author; Dani Hedlund, founder and CEO of Brink Literacy Project; and Stacy Schafer, communications and grants manager of The Denver Post Community Foundation.
On Monday, September 24, 2018 our Pen & Podium Literary Series subscribers and guests were treated to a lecture from one of the most humble, kind and brilliant authors, George Saunders. The award winning author of “Lincoln in the Bardo” and “Tenth of December” kicked off the 15th season of P&P.
Prior to his lecture, George joined us in presenting a $5,000 grant to Book Trust to help with their mission to help elementary school children with little/no access to books fall in love with reading and become lifelong learners.
Pictured are Derek Killebrew of Book Trust; Stacy Schafer of The Denver Post Community Foundation; Lily Millblom-Prosser; author George Saunders; Linda Mitchell of Book Trust; and Tracy Ulmer of The Denver Post Community Foundation.
On Monday, November 12, 2018, The Denver Post Pen & Podium Literary Series welcomed bestselling author, Amor Towles to the stage. Prior to his lecture, Mr. Towles joined The Denver Post Community Foundation in presenting a $5,000 grant to Reach Out and Read Colorado, a nonprofit organization that works to give young people a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty.
In the check presentation photo, from left to right is Author, Amor Towles; from Reach Out and Read Colorado is Jessica LeMaire, Rebecca Oehl, and Executive Director Meredith Hintz; and from The Denver Post Community Foundation is Stacy Schafer.
The Denver Post Community Foundation and The Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour was proud to present a $7,000 grant to the Colorado 4-H Foundation in Limon, CO on Saturday, September 15, 2018. This grant will support Adams, Arapahoe, Elbert, El Paso, and Lincoln counties’ STEM after-school programs.
We are grateful for the hard work at the aid stations throughout the weekend by Colorado 4-H members. Michael Felicissimo of PTP’s presenting sponsor Viaero Wireless and Stacy Schafer of The Denver Post Community Foundation presented the $7,000 check to state 4-H director, Jean Glowacki and two representatives who shared their experiences with the organization.