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The Talking Gourds Poetry Club is delighted to host a second poetry reading in November featuring locals Suzanne Cheavens and Stephanie Osan.

Mark the date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. at the gallery headquarters of our partner — Telluride Arts (address below).

Suzanne Cheavens has lived in the San Juan Mountains for over half her life. The natural world is her greatest source of inspiration. The journey into poetry is a relatively new one, though as a journalist, columnist and sports writer, hers is a world of words.

The decision to embark into the poetic arts emerged — like most of her poems — out of the blue, but she was guided by the discipline of “a poem a day” endorsed and practiced by the Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

In a modern twist, rather than scrawl her droplets into notebooks Suzanne instead “self-published” and posted her daily poems on social media. People noticed. She persists. A published (real, that you can hold in your hand) collection is in the works.

A devoted husband, two inscrutable cats, two adult children, Ma Nature and a vast community of creatives in the theater, music and writing realms are the underpinnings of her joy and motivation.

Stephanie Osan is a multidisciplinary artist, performer, poet, and designer. She holds a BFA in Design and a BA in Literature of the African Diaspora from the University of Texas.  A co-founder of the Telluride Dance Collective, Stephanie has extensive dance training in a wide variety of styles; she lives to move.

Over the past several years, Stephanie has dedicated more energy to her poetry and writing practice, starting every day with an hour of unstructured writing. According to a close friend, she is thrilled and honored to perform at her first Talking Gourds event.

As an artist, her work has been shown at the Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, the VAC Gallery in Austin (TX), and locally at Ah Haa and Ghost Town. In her free time, she designs educational experiences — currently, websites that help people navigate personal finance decisions.

The theme prompt for the second meeting in November will be “Growing.”

Members of the Poetry Club are eligible for a free broadside copy of a select poem of the featured reader(s) crafted by Daiva Chesonis – co-owner of another of our partners, independently-owned Between the Covers Bookstore. Non-members can purchase the broadsides at the store.

Membership forms available at the club meeting.

For our last reading of the year, on Dec. 17th in Telluride, San Miguel County Poet Laureate Emerita Elissa Dickson will give a holiday show before she leaves for a six months sabbatical. Theme prompt will be “Time.”

Poetry Club readings in Telluride start at 6 p.m. beginning with Club News & Other Business. Following that, the featured reader shares work for 30-45 minutes. There’s a short break. And then we pass the Gourd, and everyone gets to share their own poem — or a piece by a favorite author on the month’s theme.

Time & Place

The Telluride address of the Telluride Arts Gallery is 135 W. Pacific Ave. – across the street from the entrance to another of our partners: the Wilkinson Public Library.

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