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Coming Up at Ziggie's
From Lorrie Wolf, 2014 Ziggie’s Poet of the Year
Save the dates for the 5th annual Ziggie’s Poetry Fest in northwest Denver. It will be held Friday July 31, Saturday August 1 and Sunday August 2.
This celebration of all things poetry includes a reception, readings and performances, 3 workshops, and a poetry trivia contest, plus a gourd circle closing event. Of course being Ziggie’s, each night’s events will be followed by live blues music.
Events include a contest for Ziggie’s Poet of the Year. You may enter your poems of any subject and any form. Deadline is July 25, so get writing!
I don’t have details yet on how many poems you may enter – last year it was 3.
This is a fun event with lots of energy and opportunities to learn, laugh, listen and linger. The entire festival is only $60 or you may pay a small fee for each event you attend.
Spread the word! Please offer to carpool as there are many poets who would like to attend but can’t drive to/from Denver at night.
Let me know if you can drive and how many you can take in your car.
More details here at http://www.ziggieslivemusic.com/poetry
CALLING ALL COLORADO POETS AND WRITERS!
Ars Nova Singers (a 36-member professional core choir based in Boulder) announces a collaborative project of Colorado visual, literary, and musical artists in 2015-2016.
"Shared Visions" brings together Colorado artists in a unique way, building a community of artistic inspiration and culminating in a performance of new music by Ars Nova Singers. The project consists of four stages:
STAGE ONE – Visual art. Seven Colorado visual artists were invited to submit works; the 23 selected works have been gathered into an on-line gallery.
STAGE TWO – Poetry. Colorado writers and poets are invited to view the visual art and select one or more pieces as the basis for new poetry. The poetry submitted will be assembled into an anthology from which composers can choose lyrics for their compositions.
STAGE THREE – Music. Three Colorado composers will be commissioned to use the anthology and the related visual work as the basis for composing new music for chorus.
STAGE FOUR – Performance. Ars Nova Singers will rehearse and prepare the new music for performance in April 2016. The artists, writers, and composers will be invited to join the performers and speak with the audience about their work, the creative process, and their shared inspiration.
We are currently seeking poets who wish to participate in this unique artistic project. All
poets whose work is selected by the composers for their compositions will receive honoraria.
The deadline for submission of poetry is September 1, 2015. For more information, or to sign up to participate, please go to this web address: http://www.arsnovasingers.org/poets
Ars Nova Singers
Herrera Appoined Poet Laureate
Juan Felipe Herrera has been appointed the first Latino U. S. Poet Laureate.
Photo and info at:
AND the Facebook pages for Academy of American Poets.
New Ft. Collins Radio Poetryo Show
KRFC Radio’s Poetry Show has changed. The new show is called “Between the Pages" and will be hosted by Rich Keller on the first and third Sundays of each month from 6 to 7 p.m.
The format will include readers, writer interviews, interspersed with music.
Tune in to 88.9 FM if you are local to Fort Collins-Loveland, or you can listen from anywhere on your computer, streaming at FRFCFM.org.
If you would like to be a guest on the show, contact Rick Keller at Rich@northerncoloradowriters.com
Man Booker Prize Winner
László Krasznahorkai, the Hungarian writer known for his dense and challenging novels and extremely long sentences, has been named the winner of the sixth Man Booker International Prize.
More info at:
New Book from Juan Morales
A chance to pre-order Juan Morales’ new book The Siren World (and read two poems) at Lithic Press:
Trommer named Western Slope Poet Laureate
TELLURIDE – Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer of Placerville was named the third Poet Laureate of the Western Slope during the Talking Gourds Poetry Performances Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the Ah Haa School of the Arts during the Second Telluride Literary Arts Festival (LitFest).
Emeritus Laureate Aaron Abeyta made the announcement after he read several of his own poems to great applause, the crowd calling for more. He spoke warmly of Rosemerry as one of the region’s best poets. Abeyta himself has won a Before Columbus Award, a Colorado Book Award, and is a highly respected English teacher at Adams State University in Alamosa, as well as mayor of his San Luis Valley hometown, Antonito.
“The Western Slope has such a rich, talented, diverse, generous poetry community,” said Trommer in accepting the title. “I’m so grateful to be a part of this landscape of poets. I’ve always felt so supported, and I look forward to continuing that tradition."
Trommer served two terms as San Miguel County Poet Laureate. She’s maintained a poem-a-day practice for almost a decade, sharing her work with students and friends on the Internet. At this year’s LitFest she catalyzed a Poetry Burlesque performance with several other women; premiered a poem video short with a local filmmaker, Suzan Beraza; premiered a neo-classical vocal composition she’d written and Robert McCauley had set to music (performed by an amazing vocalist and musicians at Arroyo’s Wine Bar and Gallery); and led a writing workshop titled “Walking in Two Worlds at Once” at the Wilkinson Library.
"I love what happens when people read, write, listen to and share poems with each other -- you can almost see the doors of the mind and heart swing open,” Trommer explained. “And I’m really excited about collaborative projects that combine poetry with art, music, dance, theater or video. I’ve already started to imagine projects I might coordinate to encourage more people to participate in their own poetic endeavors.”
LitFest is a collaboration among the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds program, the Wilkinson Library, Between the Covers Bookstore, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Telluride Arts and Arroyo’s Telluride. Talking Gourds is indebted to grants from Audrey Marnoy and San Miguel County Poet Laureate Peter Waldor for seeding this year’s poetry program. For more info, visit
Writing the Rockies, 2015
Writing the Rockies, July 22-26, in Gunnison at Western State. Panels, workshops, addresses, other events. Get all info here:
Poetry Archive Announced
For NaPoMo, Library of Congress features 75 years of readings in its new Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature:
David Mason's Children's Book
David Mason's new children's book, "Davey McGravy," is filled with wonder, love, and tragedy. See more at:
A Colorado on-line bookstore
View Conundrum Press’s new cozy warm bookstore:
Call for poems: Mountain Gazette
Michael Henry is the new editor of Mountain Gazette and wants to publish “engaging smart poems.” Poems, Henry says “are journeys of discovery. It may be the land you already know. It may be a completely foreign landscape. It may be a trip into the mundane, into dream, into memory. Or into the mountains. Indeed, when in doubt, go higher. And deeper.”
If you’re interested in submitting, please send 3 to 5 poems via Submittable at: https://lighthousewriters.submittable.com/submit/31254.
Submitted poems must have titles. And please, no poems longer than two or three pages, single-spaced. If you like, feel free to include a short, two or three sentence bio with your submission. Poems must be previously unpublished. Rights revert back to writer upon publication.
Laureate Hutchison Moves Blog
Colorado Poet Laureate Joe Hutchison writes: “I'll only importune you all once on this subject. After 8 years of blogging on blogspot.com, I've moved The Perpetual Bird to Wordpress so that I could integrate it with my redesigned Web site, and I wanted to invite you all to subscribe to it. It's free, of course! Just go to my site (http://www.jhwriter.com), scroll to the middle section of the page, and sign up.”
Hutchison Interview on TweetSpeak
Joseph Hutchison, Colorado’s new Laureate, is featured in a 3-part interview with Maureen Dioallas on “TweetSpeak: the best in poetry and poetic things.”
“Why I Teach Poetry”
“Let Go of What You Mean to Say”
“Everyone Has Imagination”
Conundrum Press Announces Tri-annual The Conundrum
Conundrum Press says: “To kick off our next phase of building the press—expanding our area of influence and building direct-to-reader sales—we are pleased to announce the first issue of [The Conundrum—a free, tri-annual sampler of the phenomenal literature we publish. The Conundrum is meant to be shared freely and proudly. It is our gift to you! Read it online. Download it to your favorite reading device. Share it. Talk about it. Love it. We'll make more."
8th Colorado Poet Laureate Announced
On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, Gov Hickenlooper named Joe Hutchison of Indian Hills as the new Colorado poet laureate. See more information on Joe at his pages on ColoradoPoetsCenter.org.
Read an interview on one of his latest books, Marked Men at http://www.coloradopoetscenter.org/eWords/issue26/hutchison.html
Irwin's 7th Book Out
Sample poem and ordering information for Mark Irwin’s 7th book, Large White House Speaking (New Issues, Western Michigan University, 2013)
Interview of Irwin by Susan Bell on Large White House Speaking and a sample poem at: http://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/1569/the-metaphysical-house
Index to Interviews Now Available
NEW on the CPC homepage: click on “Interviews” and get an index of interviews with poets’ names (From Mike Adams to Jake York) and a clickable link to the page of The Colorado Poet where they first appeared.
CPC on Facebook
The Colorado Poets Center is now on Facebook. Find us and 'like' us, if you can.
Rocky Mountain Poetry Series Planned
Heard about the Rocky Mountain Poetry Series that Caleb at Conundrum Press if fomenting? It’s a subscription series and the hope is to reach a goal of 300 by May this year. David Rothman has already gotten started on the series which will include anthologies of Colorado and Wyoming poets and two new collections by Bruce Berger. Visit the site to find out more. https://rally.org/rockymountainpoetryseries#post_fahEtnUKZQa
Colorado Poets Center Now on Facebook
As of summer, 2013, the Colorado Poets Center has a Facebook page. Visit it and "like" us, as they say. The same content is posted there as on this site (Awards and Writing News) but a bit more quickly. Become a friend!
Abeyta New Western Slope Laureate
Aaron Abeyta received the Western Slope laureateship at the recent Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival in Carbondale. Abeyta is an award-winning poet and professor at Adams State College in Alamosa and the author of Colcha, (Univ. Press of Colorado, 2001) and as orion falls (Ghost Road Press, 2005).
Now Accepting Submissions: Fruita Pulp
Fruita Pulp (http://www.fruitapulp.com) has recently emerged as an on-line publication to act as a cultural guide to Fruita, Colorado, and the Grand Valley. The editor, Kyle Harvey hopes it will serve as a literary journal on the Western Slope and is soliciting submissions of “poetry, short friction, etc.”
They are also interested in pieces about Fruita, Colorado, Mountains, Culture (Art, Music, Photography, Food, Drink, etc), Outdoors, Mountain Biking, Paleontology, Geology and Astronomy.
Please send all submissions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions should be submitted as a Word Document (.doc, .docx, etc) or in Simple Text form. Please include byline as well as any bio information and links to relevant materials.
Talking Gourds Poetry Club
Talking Gourds Poetry Club is a collaboration among local poets, the Wilkinson Library, Between the Covers Bookstore, and Arroyo’s. Members meet monthly, first Tuesdays, in the evening, at Arroyo’s Fine Art Gallery & Wine Bar at 220 E. Colorado Ave. in Telluride. 970.239.2006
Rocky Mountain Poetry Series
Conundrum Press is launching the Rocky Mountain Poetry Series by subscription. Subscribers receive 3 new poetry collections along with a discount code for books published by Conundrum, Burnside Books, and Samizdat Create. They need 300 subscribers (the categories are $50, $75, $90 and $140). Donate at: https://rally.org/rockymountainpoetryseries/donate
Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop
In case you don’t know about the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, here is their statement with website at the end.
"Lighthouse Writers Workshop is an independent creative writing center in Denver, Colorado, founded and operated by working writers and university-level teachers of writing. Since 1997, Lighthouse has enabled writers to explore their craft in a supportive yet challenging environment. "Our faculty are among the best and brightest writers in Colorado and beyond, and have won many prestigious awards, including Stegner Fellowships, the Rome Prize, Pushcart Prize, and the Colorado Book Award. "Among our members, many have published and received awards too--but that's not the only goal of Lighthouse. We care about the written word, the beauty and energy in telling stories, but mostly we believe in the transformative power of writing, which is an integral part of our mission. "Lighthouse is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that complies with all federal rules and regulations in providing equal access and opportunities in both learning and employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, physical disability, sexual orientation, race, or religion."
Check their website for faculty, workshop schedule, and more:
Innisfree Bookstore on Facebook
Find poems, news, and links to poetry articles at Boulder’s Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Café on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Innisfree-Poetry-Bookstore-Cafe/152102094837613