ALL LitFest events are FREE with the exception of Literary Burlesque, for which tickets are available at Between the Covers Bookstore. Stop in or call 970-728-4504.
Friday • May 18 • 7:30pm • Ah Haa School for the Arts SPOTLIGHT POETRY Poetry opens the festival with readings by Diné poet ESTHER BELIN (the Featured Poet for 2018) and Colorado Mesa University poet John Nizalowski. An open mic will follow so bring yer words!
Friday • May 18 • 9:30pm • The Liberty LATE NIGHT with Poets Mosey on over to The Liberty (121 South Fir St) for some casual hangtime amongst poets from all over. There's a fireplace, some couches, delightful libations, and usually a microphone ...
Saturday • May 19 • 9:30am • Meet at High Alpine Coffee Bar (at Between the Covers Bookstore) POETS WALK up Bear Creek Join Faculty Poet ART GOODTIMES for a wander up one of Telluride's favorite trails. Please note this is a weather dependent event. If it's a-howlin' outside, plan to hunker down in the cozy cafe at Telluride's fiercely independent book shop. Not a bad Plan B.
Saturday • May 19 • 10:30am-12pm • Wilkinson Public Library (Periodicals Room) LECTURE by David Rothman: “Belle Turnbull and the Poets of Early Colorado” Belle Turnbull (1881-1970) was the first strong poet to live in and write about the mountains and high mining towns of the Colorado Rockies. Well-known during her life but long out of print, Turnbull’s lyrics of sublime alpine wilderness and her narratives about the harsh and dangerous world of hard-rock mining offer us a profoundly original vision of the American west that transcends the region. Join the current Western Slope Poet Laureate—and co-editor of Belle Turnbull: On the Life & Work of an American Master--as he almost singlehandedly resuscitates this once-forgotten literary legacy.
Saturday • May 19 • 12-4pm • Wilkinson Public Library LitFest Kids Day! Have you always wanted to be an author? This is your chance to create any kind of book you can imagine—the sky's the limit! Poetry? Illustrated comics? Collage books? A micro-novel? You bring your ideas, the library will provide an array of supplies.See where your creativity takes you in this fun celebration of kids' creativity and the literary arts.
Saturday • May 19 • 2pm • Telluride Arts HQ (Across from the library) 21st Fischer Poetry Prize with Readings by Winning Poets ••• WINNERS ANNOUNCED! ••• Details HERE. Named for Mark and Elaine Fischer—two Colorado creatives and champions of the arts—Mark was a brilliant lawyer poet who died young, and Elaine his artist widow who went on to become Mayor of Telluride and a San Miguel County Commissioner for four terms (2000-2016). She passed away in 2016. Started in 1997, the Fischer Prize began with the Telluride Writers Guild and was sustained for many years by the Telluride Council on the Arts & Humanities (which became Telluride Arts) and Elaine herself in memory of her husband. Most recently, the award was re-energized and expanded by Art Goodtimes and the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds Poetry Program. What started as a $100 award for local poets moved to a statewide focus, then a regional Southwestern target audience, followed by a Western US scan and has now widened its scope, making the awards available to poets in the entire country. Over 350 submissions were uploaded in 2017. The prize comes with a cash award of $1,000 (plus a $500 travel stipend to cover the journey of the winner to Telluride to read their award-winning poem), plus five finalist awards of $200 each. In the quirky polyglot spirit of Mark, prizes are awarded to entries that best exhibit the qualities of originality, novelty, complex meaning, linguistic skill and wit. The wilder the better. And this year, thanks to a generous donation from the Cantor Family, Talking Gourds will be initiating a $500 Cantor Award for the winning poem in the Fischer Prize contest from a Colorado poet. That way, honoring the Fischers with a national prize, as well as a state prize. This annual award is open to poets of all ages living in the US. The final judge in 2018 will be former Santa Fe Poet Laureate Joan Logghe.
Saturday • May 19 • 7pm • The Black Box Theatre at The Palm 5th Annual Literary Burlesque Witness this year's stirring performance by the morphing troupe of eight regional women who will drop layers, both literal and literary. This year’s show is titled Uncorseted: It's Not What It Seams and is a nod to the women of the World War I era who unbound themselves from stuffy strictures and the societal constraints of the 1914-1918 time period. Performers will include: Kierstin Bridger, Daiva Chesonis, Elissa Dickson, Erika Moss Gordon, Ellen Metrick, Corinne Platt, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, and Samantha Tisdel Wright. In addition, regional artists will create handmade corsets for the poets, some of which may be auctioned to help sustain the Literary Burlesque tradition in Telluride. Corset designers include Kellie Day, MonkE Hazen, Luci Reeve, Lisa Issenberg, Jill Rikkers, Ann Dettmer, Meghan McCormack, and Buff Hooper. Tickets are $20 and will be available starting on Monday, May 1st, at 10am, at Between the Covers Bookstore. Please note that this show ALWAYS sells out well before the day of show.
Sunday • May 20 • 10-11:30am • County Meeting Room (Miramonte Building, 2nd floor) WORKSHOP with Peter Anderson: “A Certain Slant of Light: The Poetry of the Postcard” Writing a postcard is an invitation to pay attention, to distill a scene into a few choice details, to convey a distinct moment of our being, and to acknowledge—wish you were here—the life of a friend. Its finite rectangular space encourages informality and spontaneity as well as precision and compression. In our time together, we will look at ways that other poets and writers have embraced the postcard as a literary form. And then we will accept the invitation ourselves, writing post/poem cards from home places, dreamscapes, and triggering towns somewhere out on the road.
Sunday • May 20 • 12pm • Ah Haa School for the Arts Gourds Circle One last sharing of poems and stories ... Bring a pillow!
Sunday • May 20 • 7pm • Wilkinson Public Library Featured Author: Craig Childs LitFest is thrilled to announce Craig Childs as the 2018 Featured Author. With his new book "Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America" releasing May 1st and his standing as one of the Founding Faculty of the Fest, it was a no-brainer to schedule his home county author event to coincide with LitFest 2018. For more on Craig and the featured title, read here.
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