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After a summer hiatus, the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds program is hosting Jodie Hollander of Avon as its featured reader for the Traveling Gourds Tour this month, Sept. 25-29, 2017.

A Norwood reading has been added to the Tour this month, starting on Monday, Sept. 25th at the Metrick home in Norwood Gardens subdivision, at 202 Cedar Dr., on a country lane off of the road to the Norwood Transfer Station. For more info on that new venue and that reading, contact Elle Metrick at 970-729-1681.

The monthly Tour continues at the Telluride Arts Gallery at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26; moves to La Zona Colona Coffeehouse in Ouray County at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27th; appears at Wisehart Springs Inn near Paonia beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28; and has its grand finale in Fruita, Sept. 29, in the Lithic Bookstore & Gallery at 7 p.m.

The September theme is Family. Bring poems of others or one’s own on this theme to read after the featured poet at the Norwood, Telluride, Colona and Paonia readings.

Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. Her work has been published in journals such as The Poetry Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The New Criterion, The Manchester Review, Australia’s Best Poems, 2011 and Australia’s Best Poems, 2015. Her debut collection, The Humane Society, was published with tall-lighthouse (London) in 2012.

She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to South Africa, and was awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship in 2015. She is currently the poetry editor for GARO, the online journal for the Rocky Mountain Land Library. Her website is at

Her latest book, My Dark Horses, is just out from Liverpool University Press and received a very favorable review in the Denver Post:

The tour will continue in October with Valerie Szarek of Louisville together with Luis Lopez of Grand Junction as featured poets. For the rest of the winter, we’ll revert to just events in Telluride, and then resume the Traveling Gourds Tour in March and April of 2018.

The San Miguel County performance occurs at the Telluride Arts Gallery and Offices, 135 West Pacific, across the street from the library. The Ouray County reading takes place at La Zona Colona just off U.S. Highway 550. In Delta County the show opens at the Wisehart Springs Inn at 39508 Pitkin Rd just outside Paonia (northwest on Pitkin Rd. off of Colo. Hwy. 133, going up on Pitkin Mesa and then left on Royal Road). And in Mesa County the event is held at the Lithic Bookstore & Gallery, which is located at 138 South Park Square #202 in Fruita (Upstairs — enter through lobby door by the east side of the building on Mesa Street).

In Telluride and some of the other venues, we follow Club announcements and the featured performance with a short break. Then we pass the gourd and everyone has a chance to read a poem or two (their own, or one from a favorite poet that speaks to the theme).

For info on the Colona reading, contact Craig Jackman at or 970-249-4214. For info on the Paonia event, contact Tara Miller at 970-527-6570, for info on the Fruita performance, contact Kyle Harvey or Danny Rosen at 970-858-3636.

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