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Bardic Trails

First Tuesday of every month: 7:00 – 8:30pm on Zoom (registration required)

Award-winning poet Ken Haas will be the featured reader for the monthly Bardic Trails Zoom poetry circle on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm (Mountain Time.) Not only will we hear from Ken’s newest & favorite works, we’ll also have time for Q&A about his process & inspirations, followed by a Gourd Circle inviting all participants to share a poem or a few words. The poetic prompt for March is Horizons. As always, we welcome you to use it if you’re inspired by it and skip it if you aren’t! And a gentle reminder that the Gourd Circle is poetry in community: your voice is welcome, and your words matter to all of us.

Co-hosted by Talking Gourds and the Wilkinson Public Library, our Bardic Trails zoom series continues at the Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. Each Bardic Trails poetry night will feature an award-winning guest poet sharing their work for the first 15-20 minutes. Next, Joanna or Art will lead virtual participants in a short question & answer session with the guest poet, followed by a zoom version of our traditional Talking Gourds circle- all attendees are invited to share one poem of their choosing. Each participant will get a turn to tell a story, share a poem (one’s own or a selection from another poet,) comment on the evening, or simply pass. One of the key principles of our program is providing each person a voice.

Please register with the Wilkinson Public Library to receive the Zoom link, which will be sent to you on the day of the event.

Stories & Poems

Norwood starts at 6:00 pm at the Lone Cone Library on the third Wednesday of every month
Naturita starts at 11:00 am at the Naturita Library on the third Sunday of every month

Stories & Poems follows a simple format. There will be a performance of a featured storyteller or poet, followed by a question and answer session and then a Gourd Circle. At that point, everyone present will be invited to tell a story, perform a poem (an original or a favorite written by someone else), read a short section of prose or simply pass the gourd on to the next person. A collaboration of the Lone Cone and Naturita Libraries and the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds poetry program, Stories & Poems is free and open to all ages, thanks to the generosity of the library, private donors and Talking Gourds’ Fischer Cantor poetry contests. For more information, text 970-729-0220 or email Goodtimes at

Learn more about the Naturita program here and the Norwood program here.

Western Slope Calendar

A great resource from Jill Burkey, the iframe calendar below incorporates literary events from around the region (scroll down in the embed to see them all). If you have trouble with the iframe, please go directly to the site:

To see a full calendar of all Telluride Institute Events, click here.