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The Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds Poetry Club is proud to host Glenwood Springs poet Claudia Putnam on Tuesday night, Oct. 23rd, starting at 6 p.m. at the Telluride Arts HQ gallery across from the Wilkinson Public Library, and Monday night Oct. 22nd starting at 6:30 p.m. at Million Miles Away.

The theme for the Gourd circle this month is Ghosts.

Claudia Putnam is the recipient of several national writing fellowships, including the year-long Bennett residency at Phillips Exeter Academy. Her work appears widely such literary journals as Rattle, Spillway, Tar River Poetry, and in the on-line anthology Sage Green Journal.

Her chapbook is available from Finishing Line Press, Wild Thing in Our Known World (2013 C.E.). She is a craniosacral therapist in Glenwood Springs, where she lives with her husband and pets. She enjoys the standard Colorado outdoor life.

Poetry Club announcements are followed by the featured performance. Then, following a short break, the gourd is passed and everyone has a chance to read a poem or two (their own, or one from a favorite poet).

Next up in our Talking Gourds Poetry Club series Elle Metrick of Norwood will read Nov. 13th in Telluride and Nov. 14th in Norwood, Ruth Duffy and Michael Olschewsky of Nucla will read Dec. 17th in Norwood and Dec. 18th in Telluride, and the Open Bard Poets of Ridgway will read Jan. 22nd in Telluride.

Submissions for the 2019 Fischer Prize are now being accepted online.


Talking Gourds programming survives through the generous support of private donors and Club members.

There is a one-time fee of $25 to join the Talking Gourds Poetry Club. That makes you a full member for a year and gets you on our cyber mailchimp list for readings, festivals and contests. And it means that you are one of those generous supporters who believes in the importance of the arts on the Western Slope.

A $10 annual renewal fee keeps you up to date as a full member, renews your subscription to our private email newsletter, and gives you half-price for Fischer Prize submissions and free Poetry Club broadsides. Please join the Poetry Club online.

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