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Bay Area poet kicks off 
new Guest Gourds Tour

The Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds poetry program announces a new Guest Gourds Tour bringing an out-of-state poet to the Western Slope for performances and workshops.
Marin County national slam competitor and California Poet in the Schools teacher Claire Blotter will appear in the Grand Valley, Telluride and Norwood April 19-24, during national poetry month. Talking Gourds is working with many partners to make this happen.

“We’re excited to have a top-notch literary artist to work with local adults and kids in the hopes of increasing their performance skills,” explained Talking Gourds co-director, Art Goodtimes. “I saw Claire perform in Aspen last year, and I’ve wanted her to share her skills with regional poets ever since.”

Thurs. April 19th, Claire will share a poem at the Open Mic segment following Colorado Mesa University’s poetry series featuring Palisade’s Wendy Videlock at Five 60 Salon at 354 Main St. in Grand Junction.

Friday April 20th Claire works with five groups of Grand Valley High School students, and then does a free performance show at the Lithic Bookstore & Gallery in Fruita starting at 7 p.m.Colorado Mesa University student Abigail Garton will open for Claire at the Lithic.

Saturday April 21st, the Western Colorado Writers Forum have joined with Talking Gourds and the Super Rad Art Jam to host a mixed adult and student workshop on performance with Claire at the old R-5 High School Building at 7th and Grand in Grand Junction. Call 970-729-0220 for final details.

Sunday is Earth Day and some private forest rituals are planned.

Monday April 23rd Claire will perform at the Telluride Mountain School morning assembly at 8:30 a.m., and then lead a free adult workshop at noon at the Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride. Monday night Talking Gourds and the Hollinbeck family will host a post-dinner Poet’s House Party in Norwood at 7:30 p.m. Bring a poem to share.

Finally, Tuesday April 24th Claire will teach two classes in the Norwood School and then come up to Telluride for a finale Talking Gourds Poetry Club performance at 6 p.m. at Telluride Arts Office and Gallery.

Blotter, from Novato (CA), is a writer who performs poetry with movement, body percussion and sound. She has published three chapbooks, most recently Moment in the Moment House from Finishing Line Press. Her work has appeared in Rattle, Barnwood, Gargoyle, the California Quarterly, Synchronized Chaos and Kindegarde: Avant-Garde Poetry for Children, among other journals and anthologies.
She has taught performance poetry and storytelling at San Francisco State University, the College of Marin, Dominican University and in the Graduate Arts and Consciousness Program at John F. Kennedy University.

Contact:  Art Goodtimes <> for copies of the poster, pix or poem by the poet. For questions, 970-729-0220 (text or voice, no voicemail)

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