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May 18-20, 2018
5th Annual Telluride Literary Arts Festival

FRIDAY  •  May 18

7:30 pm / Spotlight featuring Diné poet Esther Belin and Colorado Mesa University poet John Nizalowski / Open mic to follow /@Ah Haa School for the Arts

Late night / Poets Night Out / The Liberty Bar

SATURDAY  •  May 19

9:30 am / Poets Walk up Bear Creek with Art Goodtimes / Meet @ High Alpine Coffee Bar behind Between the Covers Bookstore / weather dependent

10:30 am-Noon / Poets Lecture / “Belle Turnbull and the Poets of Early Colorado” with Dr. David J. Rothman / @ Wilkinson Library Magazine Room.
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 current Western Slope Poet Laureate David J. Rothman, co-editor of Belle Turnbull: On the Life & Work of an American Master, who will set Belle’s extraordinary story in the matrix of Colorado poetry in English from the European invasion until Turnbull appears.

12-4 pm / LitFest Kids Day @ Wilkinson Public Library / Handmade Books for Kids! Make a book to write your own story, use as a journal, or give as a gift!

2 pm / Fischer Prize ceremony with readings by winning poets / @ Telluride Arts. New this year, the presentation of the $500 Cantor Award for best Colorado poem. Esther Belin will join Art Goodtimes and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer in handing out awards – with readings by winning poets in attendance.

7 pm / Literary Burlesque: “Uncorseted: Not What It Seams” / @ Black Box Theatre / $20 / Featuring 7 regional women and the Telluride Dance Collective

SUNDAY  •  May 20

10-11:30 am / Poets Workshop / “A Certain Slant of Light: The Poetry of the Postcard” with Peter Anderson / @ County Meeting Room, Second Floor, Miramonte Building
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.

Noon / Gourds Circle / sharing of poems and stories / bring pillow / @ Ah Haa School for the Arts

6 pm / Talk with author Craig Childs / @ Wilkinson Public Library / Featuring his NEW book “Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America”

ALL LitFest events are FREE with the exception of Literary Burlesque / Burlesque Tickets went on sale May 1 at Between the Covers Bookstore / $20

Collaborators include Between the Covers Bookstore, Telluride Institute, Talking Gourds, Wilkinson Public Library, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Telluride Arts District, Liberty Bar, Black Box Theatre, and Literary Burlesque.

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