Writer and Poet Ellen Hopkins in Elko

For Immediate Release:April 17, 2009

Contact: Darcy Minter
Western Folklife Center
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Best-Selling writer and poet Ellen Hopkins to present
 Lecture, Workshop and Reading in Elko


Elko - The Western Folklife Center, Great Basin College and Elko High School will present acclaimed poet and writer Ellen Hopkins , Thursday, May 7, 2009. Hopkins will give a lecture at 9:30 am in the Elko High School Centennial Gym, teach a 1:00 pm writing workshop at Great Basin College Health Science Room 107, and read from her work at 7:00 pm in the Great Basin College Greenhaw Technical Arts Room 130. All events are free and open to the public but space is limited. For more information, contact Tamara Kubacki at the Western Folklife Center, 738-7508 ext. 223.

Ellen Hopkins published her first poem when she was nine years old. Since then she has published 20 nonfiction books for children and young adults. She also writes fiction, including picture books and short stories. In her 2004 novel Crank, she writes about a young woman's addiction to methamphetamine. The story, which is completely written in verse, is loosely based on her oldest daughter's struggle with meth addiction. Within six weeks of its publication, Crank rose to top 10 lists nationwide including the New York Times bestseller list. Hopkins has published a sequel to Crank, called Glass, and is working on Fallout, the third novel in the series.

Hopkins has written three other novels in verse which have also made it to the top 10 in the New York Times bestseller list. Burned, Impulse and Identical are all written for young adults about difficult subjects including sexual abuse and teen suicide. Her 2006 novel Burned was also nominated for a National Book Award.

This event is brought to you by the Western Folklife Center , Great Basin College , and Elko High School , and is part of Tumblewords , a program of the Nevada Arts Council , which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Western States Arts Federation .

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.

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