Mile-High MFA at Tattered Cover Reading Series

Tattered Cover is proud to partner with the Mile-High MFA at Regis University for a Reading Series to take place across our stores. This event will take place at our Westminster location on November 1st from 6-7pm. Learn more and register here.


Traci L. Jones holds a B.A. in psychology from Pomona College in Claremont, Ca. An M.A. in advertising from the University of Denver, and has taken several courses in Creative Writing at the University of Denver.  

Before launching a young adult novelist career, Traci L. Jones wrote articles for the local business magazines, In The Black and Emerging Markets.  

Discovered in the slush pile by Beverly Reingold at Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (FSG), Traci L. Jones’ first YA novel, Standing Against the Wind, was published in 2006 and won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award.  Her second novel, Finding My Place also published by FSG in 2010. Her third novel, Silhouetted by the Blue (FSG), was released in July 2011 and received a starred review from Booklist. 

Her fourth YA novel, Ransoming the Captive was released July of 2022 by Black Rose Writing. 

She currently has two manuscripts represented by Metamorphosis Literary Agency and her agent, Amy Brewer. 

In 2016, she began working as a creative writing instructor for the MFA program at Regis University.  She joined the instructor staff at Lighthouse Writing Workshop in March of 2020. In 2022 she began teaching a course on Young adult literature for the Honors College at the University of Colorado at Denver. 

Traci L. Jones is the proud mother of four. 

Hillary Leftwich is the author of three books: Ghosts Are Just Strangers Who Know How to Knock (CCM Press, 2019), which is one of The Accomplices Best Sellers, a finalist for Big Other’s Best Fiction Book of 2019, and voted as one of Entropy’s Best Fiction Books of 2019. Aura, a memoir, (Future Tense Books, 2022), and Saint Dymphna’s Playbook (PANK Books, 2023). She won the C.C.I.R.A’s Young Writer’s Award in 1995 while in high school and went on to earn her MFA in fiction and poetry from The Mile High MFA at Regis University. She reads/selects/judges for The Colorado Book Awards and is a Kenyon Review scholarship alumnus (CNF, 2021). Her writing has been published in print and online in Best Small Fictions (2021), The Rumpus, Entropy, Denver Quarterly, and others. She is the owner of Alchemy Author Services & Writing Workshop and Community Coven—a donation-based ritual writing space. She has hosted/organized A the Inkwell Denver, a literary reading series and liberated space for over five years. She teaches creative writing at the University of Denver, Colorado College, and Lighthouse Writers, a local nonprofit. She lives in Denver with her partner, her son, and their cat, Larry.

Jenny Shank's short story collection, Mixed Company, won the George Garrett Fiction Prize and is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award (General Fiction). Jenny Shank's novel, The Ringer, won the High Plains Book Award in fiction, was a finalist for the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association's Reading the West Book Awards, was a Tattered Cover Book Store Summer Reading selection, and was the featured book in the Wheat Ridge Reads community reading program. 

Jenny's stories, essays, satire, and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, McSweeney's, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Poets & Writers Magazine, Bust Magazine, The Guardian, Santa Monica Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Image, Barrelhouse, The Toast, and The Rumpus. Her fiction, nonfiction, and satire have been anthologized in The McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals, Dear McSweeney's: Two Decades of Letters to the Editor from Writers, Readers, and the Occasional Bewildered Consumer, and Love in the Time of Time's Up: A Short Fiction Anthology. 


Ransoming The Captive By Traci L. Jones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781684339792
Availability: Available to Order
(This book cannot be returned or refunded.)
Published: Black Rose Writing - July 7th, 2022

Aura: A Memoir By Hillary Leftwich Cover Image
ISBN: 9781892061935
Availability: Click for Store Availability
Published: Future Tense Books - July 21st, 2022

Mixed Company: Stories By Jenny Shank Cover Image
ISBN: 9781680032611
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Published: Texas Review Press - November 16th, 2021

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Location: Westminster