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Alan Swallow

Added by yongli on 06/16/2021 - 09:25, last changed on 06/16/2021 - 09:25
Alan Swallow (1915–66) founded the University of Denver ’s creative writing program and established Swallow Press, a small publisher that focused in part on books about the American West. He also ran the University of Denver Press from 1947 to 1953. Known for his intense personality, his critical...

Alton “Glenn” Miller

Added by yongli on 07/07/2020 - 15:03, last changed on 03/29/2021 - 08:16

Glenn Miller

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Glenn Miller (1904–44) rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most successful band leaders of the big band era, during the 1930s and 1940s. At the pinnacle of his popularity, in 1942, he volunteered to serve as a band leader in the army. The music he shared with the troops was met with...

Anne Evans

Added by yongli on 10/14/2020 - 12:44, last changed on 04/20/2021 - 10:46
Anne Evans (1871–1941) was a Colorado civic leader and patron of the arts who transformed the Denver cultural community. Among her numerous activities, Evans started and helped guide the Denver Art Museum to national prominence, assisted in the development of the Denver Public Library , led the...

Antonia Brico

Added by yongli on 06/29/2021 - 15:53, last changed on 06/29/2021 - 15:53
Antonia Brico (1902–89) was the first woman to gain wide acceptance and recognition in the field of symphony conducting. Despite being told that women could not and should not be symphony conductors, she completed the rigorous conducting course at the University of Berlin and conducted many major...

Charles Burrell

Added by yongli on 02/08/2021 - 16:17, last changed on 02/09/2021 - 13:39
Charles Burrell (1920–) is a classical and jazz musician who first joined the Denver Symphony in 1949 and played bass with the group for decades before his retirement in 1999. Sometimes called the “Jackie Robinson of classical music,” he was not actually the first Black classical musician in Denver...

Damon Runyon

Added by yongli on 08/15/2016 - 16:02, last changed on 05/10/2020 - 01:07
Damon Runyon (1880–1946) was a newspaperman, political reporter, author, screenwriter, and playwright in the early 1900s. Best known for his work after leaving Colorado, particularly Guys and Dolls , Runyon was a prolific writer during his time in Colorado, working for many of the state’s...

Harry Tuft

Added by yongli on 03/31/2017 - 14:51, last changed on 10/08/2019 - 12:40
Harry Tuft (1935–) is a Denver businessman, music promoter, educator, and proprietor of the long-standing Denver Folklore Center . As one of Denver’s enterprising musicians in the 1960s and 1970s, Tuft brought the genre of folk music and its culture to Denver and was responsible for some of Red...

Helen G. Bonfils

Added by yongli on 09/14/2020 - 16:28, last changed on 03/15/2021 - 01:07
Helen Gilmer Bonfils (1889–1972) was a well-known Colorado actress, businesswoman, and philanthropist. She is best known as manager of The Denver Post and for her contributions to the theater in Colorado through her time as an actress, producer, and later benefactress of the Helen G. Bonfils...

Jack Bradley

Added by yongli on 02/08/2021 - 16:51, last changed on 02/09/2021 - 13:36
Jack Bradley (1919–2000) was a violinist who became one of the first Black members of a major professional orchestra in the United States as well as the first Black member of the Denver Symphony Orchestra when he played with the group from 1946 to 1949. Bradley came up through the Denver Symphony’s...

John Williams

Added by yongli on 06/16/2021 - 12:40, last changed on 06/16/2021 - 12:40
John Edward Williams (1922–94) was a novelist and professor at the University of Denver, where he founded Denver Quarterly and helped build the school’s creative writing program. He is best known for his three major novels: Butcher’s Crossing (1960), a revisionist Western set partly in Colorado...

Kent Haruf

Added by yongli on 01/26/2021 - 16:38, last changed on 01/26/2021 - 16:38
Kent Haruf (1943–2014) was a novelist best known for Plainsong (1999). Set in the fictional town of Holt in northeast Colorado, Plainsong and Haruf’s other novels examine the lives of ordinary people on the high plains . Often praised for his unadorned style and humane outlook, Haruf is generally...

Margaret Coel

Added by yongli on 01/08/2019 - 14:36, last changed on 01/12/2020 - 01:07
Margaret Coel (1937– ) is a New York Times best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She is best known for her Wind River Mystery Series but has also published five nonfiction books, a book of short stories, and two additional mystery novels that take place in Denver . She is...

Mari Sandoz

Added by yongli on 08/12/2016 - 15:07, last changed on 01/07/2020 - 17:07
Mari Sandoz (1896–1966) was a popular author in the early- to mid-twentieth century whose works of both fiction and non-fiction focused on life in the Rocky Mountain West. Sandoz’s work represents some of the most widely read literature concerning the American West and has done much to influence...

Peter Heller

Added by yongli on 07/09/2020 - 11:07, last changed on 07/09/2020 - 11:07
Peter Heller (1959–) is a novelist and travel writer based in Denver . Best known for his 2012 debut novel, The Dog Stars , he is also the author of three other best-selling novels and four nonfiction books. His writing powerfully evokes the natural landscape of Colorado and the West, where he has...

William Henry Jackson

Added by yongli on 01/07/2019 - 15:52, last changed on 04/04/2021 - 13:33
William Henry Jackson (1843–1942) was one of the best-known photographers of the American West. He is renowned for his photographs of Colorado’s mountain scenery, many of which show now-famous landmarks such as Mount of the Holy Cross , Garden of the Gods , Mesa Verde , and Royal Gorge . His...

Wonderbound

Added by Greg Vogl on 07/15/2015 - 14:39, last changed on 08/01/2020 - 01:07
Based in Denver , Wonderbound was established in 2002 and has quickly grown into the second-largest professional dance company in Colorado. Originally called Ballet Nouveau Colorado and affiliated with a Broomfield -based dance school of the same name, in 2012–13 the company split with the dance...
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