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The Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds Poetry Club is proud to host Utah poet Trish Hopkinson on Tuesday night, Sept. 18th, starting at 6 p.m. at the Telluride Arts offices across from the Wilkinson Public Library, and Monday night Sept. 17th starting at 6:30 p.m. at Million Miles Away.

The GPS addy for Million Miles Away is 1150 42 Z Rd, Norwood, CO 81423.

Trish Hopkinson has always loved words—in fact, her mother tells everyone she was born with a pen in her hand. Her publications in anthologies and journals includes Stirring, Pretty Owl Poetry, and The Penn Review. Her third chapbook, Footnote, was published by Lithic Press of Fruita (CO) in 2017.

Hopkinson is co-founder of a regional poetry group — — and editor of the group’s annual poetry anthology entitled Orogeny. She is a product director by profession and resides in Utah with her husband and their two children.

You can follow Hopkinson on her blog where she shares information on how to write, publish, and participate in the greater poetry community at

Also visiting Telluride on Tuesday night the 18th is Pennsylvania poet Chuck Joy who will also give a brief performance.

Chuck Joy is currently poet host for a weekly poetry event in Erie (PA) with frequent featured poets and always an open mic. More at

His publications include The Opposite of Gifts, a new chapbook from Heyman Productions in Ohio; Percussive, from Turning Point; Said the Growling Dog, from Nirala Publications in New Delhi, India; and Every Tiger Wants To Sing, from Poets’ Hall Press in Erie.

A child psychiatrist, Dr. Chuck has presented poetry workshops in mental health settings and is poetry editor for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry newsletter.

The reading begins at 6 p.m. in Telluride on Sept. 18th at the Telluride Arts Gallery Office, 135 West Pacific, across the street from the Wilkinson Library entrance. The Norwood reading will be at Million Miles Away at 1150 42 Z Rd, Norwood, CO 81423. For more info or a map, call Norwood co-host Daiva Chesonis at 970-729-2210.

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 for September – Drought.

After taking our usual summer break, we begin in September with our monthly poetry club offerings. Claudia Putnam of Glenwood Springs will read Oct. 23rd in Telluride, Elle Metrick of Norwood will read Nov. 13th in Telluride, Ruth Duffy and Michael Olschewsky of Nucla will read Dec. 18th in Telluride, and the Open Bard Poets of Ridgway will read Jan. 22nd in Telluride.

Submissions for the 2019 Fischer Prize are now being accepted.


Talking Gourds programming survives through the generous support of private donors and Club members.

There is a one-time fee of $25 to join the Talking Gourds Poetry Club. That makes you a full member for a year and gets you on our cyber mailchimp list for readings, festivals and contests. And it means that you are one of those generous supporters who believes in the importance of the arts on the Western Slope.

A $10 annual renewal fee keeps you up to date as a full member, renews your subscription to our private email newsletter, and gives you half-price for Fischer Prize submissions and free Poetry Club broadsides.

Poster for the event, photo of the poets, short exemplary poems and other information available by emailing Art Goodtimes at

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