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The Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds poetry program is hosting a pre-Valentine poetry reading specially reserved for love poems.

“I’ll bring a trove of love poems by good poets if people want to read selections of others,” said Talking Gourds co-director Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. She noted that the gourd will pass several times that evening, so those in attendance will get a chance to read several poems over the course of the night.

“And if you bring your own work,” added co-director Art Goodtimes, “they don’t have to be love poems. One of the delights of our poetry club gathering is hearing new original work by our many local poets.”

The official theme for the evening is “First Kiss.” The Valentine Reading will take place Feb. 12th at 6:00pm at the Telluride Arts HQ.

Ellen Metrick is hosting an informal Talking Gourds gathering at the Meadowlark House in Norwood on Feb. 11th starting at 6:30 p.m. Call her for more details, 970-729-1681.

In addition to our regular Talking Gourds poetry club series, Lucinda Carr of Mesa Canyon Studio will host a special reading by her friend Madelyn Garner on Sunday, March 3rd starting at 11 a.m. at Ah Haa’s Daniel Tucker Gallery in Telluride. A complimentary light brunch and mimosas will be served.

Garner’s most recent book is Hum Of Our Blood (3: A Taos Press, 2017 C.E.), about the death of her son Bradley from AIDS. For more information, contact Carr at

Also in March, Tori Miner of Grand Junction will be our featured guest for our Poetry Club series on Monday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Norwood at the Meadowlark House and Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at Telluride Arts HQ. The theme will be Dreams.

In April, during National Poetry Month, we’ll be hosting Kathleen Cain of Denver on Monday, April 29th at the Meadowlark House at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, April 30th at Telluride Arts HQ at 6 p.m. The theme will be Cottonwood Trees.

In May, Talking Gourds will co-host with Between the Covers Bookstore the 6th annual Telluride Literary Arts Festival.

Submissions for the $1000 Fischer Prize (national) and $500 Cantor Award (Colorado) are now being accepted here. Poetry club members in good standing get a half-price discount on submission fees for those prizes.

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