WELCOME TO THE CHAMBERLAIN AWARD
“For outstanding service to poetry in Colorado, a long history of building communities of poets & providing inspiration to us all by developing a body of powerful work”
Reg Saner / Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival / Carbondale / 2014
Jack Mueller / Telluride Literary Arts Festival / Telluride / 2015
Bruce Berger / Headwaters Poetry Festival / Gunnison / 2016
Mark Todd / Headwaters Poetry Festival / Gunnison / 2017
Veronica Patterson / Gunnison Valley Poetry Festival / Gunnison / 2018
Chris Ransick / Gunnison Valley Literary Arts Festival / Gunnision / 2019
HISTORY OF THE KAREN CHAMBERLAIN AWARD
(Originally published in the Telluride Watch in Art Goodtimes’ column Up Bear Creek in May of 2015.)
Having stepped into the footsteps of the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival in Carbondale, which ended last year (2014), the organizers of the Talking Gourds poetry program wanted to keep alive Karen’s name. She was a marvelous poet who won state awards, helped found the Aspen Writers Conference, and was a mentor to many poets around the state.
She also was an admirer of Telluride, which she visited often and where she had many friends. In that vein, the Telluride Institute has revived the Karen Chamberlain Award that was first given in 2013 to Reg Saner, one of Colorado’s most beloved poets and professor emeritus at the University of Colorado in Boulder. It currently makes the award annually in collaboration with the Gunnision Valley Literary Festival.