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“It’s an honor to welcome long-time Montrose poet and educator Tracy A. Lightsey to read at the Talking Gourds Poetry Club Nov. 14th,” announced program co-director Art Goodtimes.

Lightsey is from Montrose Colorado, where he still lives. He began his career as a musician, and then moved into poetry. He has taught Creative Writing at Montrose High School for fourteen years. Many of his graduates have gone on to MFA programs around the country, as well as participating in the National Poetry Slam Finals in Denver this year.

Lightsey’s primary interest is in the shamanic possibilities of poetry, accessing memories held in the body and bringing them to a kind of light through the possibilities of poetry. He studied at the University of Northern Colorado with master teacher James Doyle.

The reading begins, 6 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 14th at the Telluride Arts Gallery and Offices, 135 West Pacific, across the street from the Wilkinson Library entrance. 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) that speaks to the theme, The Power of Community.

Having hosted Avon’s Jodie Hollander and Luis Lopez of Grand Junction and Val Szarek of Louisville for our fall Traveling Gourds Tour in Sept. and Oct., the program is reverting back to its Telluride-only venue at the Telluride Arts Gallery as we move into the winter season. The Traveling Gourds Tour will begin again in March of next year with Jennifer Rane Hancock of Grand Junction and possibly a second spring tour with California’s Claire Blotter.

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