$4,000 Colorado Creative Industries / NEA Grant Supports the Book Fest

We’re excited to share that the Fort Collins Book Festival is a recipient of two-years of Colorado Creates grant funding from Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant funds are awarded for two years for a total of $8,000 in support.

The Colorado Creates grant provides support for nonprofit organizations and communities to produce arts and cultural activities, impacting people and enhancing the quality of life. The Fort Collins Book Festival has received two years of funding support through the grant to enable us to continue to build a premier literary arts and culture festival in northern Colorado.


CCI focuses on “strengthening the vitality of visual, performing and literary arts through promotion, resources and funding opportunities. We believe in bold innovation and the invaluable contributions the arts bring to this beautiful state.”

We appreciate CCI and NEA’s continued commitment to all aspects of creative arts throughout Colorado and especially here in Fort Collins.

More information about the Colorado Creates grant can be found online.

Blue Ocean Foundation Grant Supports 2017 FoCo Book Fest

We’re pleased to share that the 2017 Fort Collins Book Festival has received generous support for this year’s festival from the Blue Ocean Foundation, the charitable arm of Blue Ocean Enterprises in Fort Collins.

Blue Ocean Foundation’s Give to Grow mission “promotes healthy economic development in the community” and also serves as “a catalyst for community growth by providing support for charitable organizations to create a culture of giving back, and supporting community events and entrepreneurialism.”

The $2,000 grant from Blue Ocean Foundation supports the diverse and exciting programming and activities at this year’s event, Writings and Riffs.


Author Lineup Sneak Peek Continues

Okay, quick recap of where we are with the 2017 FoCo Book Fest author lineup.

Exciting featured authors Kim Gordon, G. Brown, Steve Knopper, Craig Werner, and Khadijah Queen.


Amazing Colorado poets including Chloe Leisure, Aby Kaupang, Bill Tremblay, and Lisa Zimmerman.


Now, we’re excited to announce more great authors joining us at #FoCoBookFest Writings and Riffs. Take a look and let us know what you think.

Mark Pedelty is an author, professor, and Fellow at the Institute on the Environment. His most recent book is A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism.

Journalist Stephen Witt is the author of How Music Got Free: the End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy, the definitive history of digital music piracy.

Rick Beyer is a best-selling author, award-winning documentary producer, and long-time history enthusiast. His most recent book is Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. He’s also the author of The Greatest Music Stories Never Told.

Professor Kip Lornell is an award-winning author of 14 books focused on various topics in American vernacular music, with books about Texas Blues and D.C. Bluegrass slated for publication in 2018. He’s a Grammy winner for program notes for Anthology of American Folk Music and is the co-editor of The Music of Multicultural America along with our next author, Anne Rasmussen.

Anne Rasmussen is a professor of music and ethnomusicology and the director of the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble at the College of William and Mary. She recently authored Women, the Recited Qur’an and Islamic Music in Indonesia.

Colorado musician, singer-songwriter, and author Rick Roberts has written two recent books: Lame Brain: My Journey Back to Myself and a collection of stories from his musical career, Song Stories and Other Left-Handed Recollections.

More information about each of these authors and presenters can be found on our Speakers page.

Stay tuned for more additions to the festival!

More Featured Authors Announced

Last week, we announced the headlining author at this year’s FoCo Book Fest: author-musician-artist, Kim Gordon!

This week, we want to tease out a few more featured presenters who’ve joined our lineup. We’re excited to have them participate in Writings and Riffs and can’t wait until October 21!

Drum roll please….

G. Brown is a Colorado guy who’s not only an author but is the founding director of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. His most recent book is Red Rocks: The Concert Years. G is going to talk about the Colorado music scene, share stories, & discuss his favorite books.

Steve Knopper might be best known as a contributing editor to Rolling Stone Magazine, but he also has some serious book cred including MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson and Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age. Look for Steve throughout the book festival talking about the King of Pop, favorite books, & other fascinating topics.

Khadijah Queen is our featured poet who also happens to be a playwright, novelist, and faculty member for the new Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing at Regis University. Her most recent novel is I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On. Khadijah will be joining a few different panel discussions during the festival & reading her poetry.

Craig Werner returns to Fort Collins to talk about his forthcoming book, a history of the 1960s told through music. If you had the chance to see him present on the music of the Vietnam War a few years ago, then you know how engaging and interesting Craig is. He also serves on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee.

And more…

We’re not done yet — there’s still a list of local and national authors we’re working with to round out the FoCo Book Festival. We’ll continue to announce more participants and roll-out the day-long festival schedule, so stay tuned.

Be sure to follow us on social and use #FoCoBookFest to grab our attention!

Kim Gordon’s Coming! #FoCoBookFest

Sonic Youth Musician, Visual Artist, and Author Joins Writings and Riffs

We’re excited to share that Kim Gordon, rocker, writer, artist, and all around bada$! is headlining the 2nd Annual Fort Collins Book Fest on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Kim Gordon is the first of a wide selection of authors and presenters to be announced. She’ll discuss her New York Times bestselling memoir, Girl in a Band, and participate in panel discussions. Book purchases and signings will follow hosted by Old Firehouse Books.

The day-long event is FREE, open to the public, and will include awesome presentations, panel discussions, writing workshops, author readings, book signings, & much more.

Stay tuned for more announcements about festival presenters, classes & workshops, lead-up activities, and more!

“We’re thrilled with the success of last year’s Fort Collins Book Festival and programs, and we’re looking forward to another exciting festival this year. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience from their favorite authors how books and music are flip sides of the same artistic coin,” says Anne Macdonald, festival co-founder and librarian at Poudre River Public Library District.

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