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Colorado poet Art Goodtimes will be the featured reader for the Bardic Trails Zoom poetry webinar Tuesday, February 1st at 7:00 pm (Mountain Time). A production of the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds Program and the Wilkinson Public Library, Bardic Trails is a free virtual poetry reading open to anyone who preregisters.

Register online by January 31st at the Wilkinson Public Library to receive the Zoom Link.

Poet, basket weaver and former Green Party elected official in Colorado, Art Goodtimes served as San Miguel County Commissioner (1996-2016) and Western Slope Poet Laureate (2011-13). Poetry editor emeritus for Earth First! Journal, Wild Earth and the Mountain Gazette, currently he’s poetry editor for Fungi magazine and co-editor with Lito Tejada-Flores for the on-line poetry anthology

His latest book is Dancing on Edge: The McRedeye Poems (Lithic Press, Fruita, Colorado, 2019). His poems appear in the Kinship book series from the Center for Humans and Nature (2021). Retired from political life, Art serves as trustee emeritus and projects director for the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds Poetry Program, which includes virtual Bardic Trails readings, live Poetry Club gatherings, the San Miguel County and Western Slope Poet Laureate projects, the Rella Youth Awards, the Karen Chamberlain Award, and the national/state Fischer/Cantor poetry prize contests. Visit Talking Gourds for  more information.

For 41 summers, “Shroompa” has been poet-in-residence at the annual Telluride Mushroom Festival, and for 32 years poet/elder at the annual Headwaters Conference at Western Colorado University in Gunnison.

After Art’s reading, there will be a short Question and Answer session led by Bardic Trails  host Joanna Spindler of the Wilkinson Public Library; and then all zoom participants will be invited to speak as part of our Talking Gourds tradition a poem, a story, a few words about the evening, or simply to pass.

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