Welcome to Talking Gourds, a poetry program of the Telluride Institute, created and co-directed by Art Goodtimes of Norwood and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer of Placerville.
Talking Gourds sponsors multiple projects including the annual Fischer Prize poetry contest, commemorating Elaine and Mark Fischer – artist and poet respectively and local champions of the arts; the TG Poetry Club sponsors seasonal monthly readings at the Telluride Arts Office (Sept. to March); Guest Gourds special readings of visiting poets, free to club members; the poetry component of the Telluride Literary Arts Festival (third weekend in May), where the bi-annual Western Slope Poet Laureate selection is made; and the MycoLuscious MycoLicious MycoLogical Poetry Show at the Telluride Mushroom Festival (third weekend in August).
Our events and programs are funded by TG Poetry Club memberships and generous grants from the late Elaine Fischer and folks donating in her memory, TI board member Audrey Marnoy of the Mountain Village, San Miguel County Poet Laureate emeritus Peter Waldor of Telluride, and poet Eduardo Brummel of Salida.
TG works in collaboration with various local and regional partners — including the Wilkinson Library (Telluride), Ah Haa School for the Arts (Telluride), Between the Covers Bookstore (Telluride), Telluride Literary Arts Festival, the Telluride Mushroom Festival, the Telluride Arts District, Paonia Libary, , and Lithic Bookstore & Gallery (Fruita).
We also honor previous collaborations with Arroyo Gallery & Wine Bar (Telluride), Cimarron Books & Coffee (Ridgway), La Zona Colona Coffee and the Montrose Regional Library.