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The Talking Gourds Poetry Club is delighted to welcome “mother poet” Barbara Rockman of Santa Fe to our early November club meeting as featured performer.

Mark the date: Tuesday, Nov. 5th, at 6 p.m. at the gallery headquarters of our partner — Telluride Arts. And consider ordering one of Barbara’s books from our other partner, Between the Covers Bookstore.

Barbara is author of Sting and Nest: Poems (Sunstone Press, 2011), which won the New Mexico-Arizona book award, and has a new book out: to cleave (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 2019). She received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Her poems appear widely in journals including CalyxBellingham ReviewCimarronLouisville ReviewNimrodSouthern Humanities Review and have received four Pushcart Prize nominations, Best of the Net recognition, the Southwest Writers Prize, Baskerville Publishers Prize, MacGuffin Poetry Prize, Persimmon Tree Prize and the New Mexico Discovery Award.

She teaches poetry and leads writing workshops at Santa Fe Community College, Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, Inside Out Arts with people living with mental illness, and in community workshops. A frequent collaborator with artists, Barbara’s work has been included in numerous word and image installations. She is currently collaborating with Barcelona artist, Cynthia Fusillo, on an assemblage of poems and fables inspired by the artist’s multi-dimensional dresses.

The theme prompt for the first meeting in November will be “Going Home.”

We have a second TG Poetry Club meet this month on Nov. 19th in Telluride, with local poets Suzanne Cheavens and Stephanie Osan sharing the spotlight. The theme prompt will be “Growing”.

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.

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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