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Evil Companions - Ron Hansen

2013 Evil Companions Literary Award

Evil Companions Literary Award

Thanks to all who attended and sponsored the 2013 Evil Companions Literary Award, honoring author Ron Hansen. Your support helps ensure that the Denver Public Library will continue to be an important resource in our community.

Ron HansenRon Hansen is the best-selling author of the novels The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Atticus (a finalist for the National Book Award), Hitler's Niece, Mariette in Ecstasy, Desperadoes and Isn't it Romantic?, as well as a collection of essays, and a book for children. Hansen was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Creighton University. Following military service, he earned an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop and held a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He later earned an MA in Spirituality from Santa Clara University, and in 2007 was ordained as a permanent deacon of the Catholic Church. He is the director of creative writing at Santa Clara University and is married to the novelist Bo Caldwell.

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The Evil Companions Literary Award is presented annually in April to a poet or writer who embodies the spirit of the original Evil Companions. The award pays homage to a group of Denver writers who met in the 1950s and '60s to drink and discuss writing, and dubbed themselves the Evil Companions.

The Evil Companions
Working to preserve the memory of the original Evil Companions are Joyce Meskis, owner of the Tattered Cover Book Store, Dana Crawford, owner of the Oxford Hotel, and Colorado State University Professor of English, David Milofsky. The trio created the literary award and its accompanying event to promote and build upon Denver’s deserved reputation as a center for writing and literature. The Evil Companions event has now become a local favorite. Proceeds from the event benefit the Denver Public Library.

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Tattered Cover Book Store

The Oxford Hotel

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Breckenridge Distillery

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