Author George Saunders visits Harrison High School
Decorated author George Saunders met with a large group of Harrison High School students Feb. 2 as part of a new partnership between the school and the Converge Lecture Series.
More than 50 ninth- and tenth-grade English students joined in on an hour-long discussion with Saunders as he talked about the writing process and answered questions.
Twenty students also were invited to Saunders' speaking engagement at The Pinery later that same night.
Saunders’ work has appeared frequently in The New Yorker and GQ, while his 2017 novel "Lincoln in the Bardo" is a New York Times best-seller and winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
The event was made possible by Harrison High School’s partnership with the Converge Lecture Series, a local initiative that brings the nation’s leading poets, authors, and artists to Colorado Springs.
The partnership also will provide six Harrison High School juniors the opportunity to join the Converge Fellowship, a year-long mentorship where UCCS and Colorado College professors guide students in either Creative Writing or Social Action and Politics.
All six also will earn a scholarship through the fellowship program.
Saunders also is a professor of English at Syracuse University whose work has appeared in national publications since 1992.