For Immediate Release: Jan. 5, 13018 (2017 CE)
Contact: Art Goodtimes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
or 970-729-0220 (text or voice, no voicemail)
Elissa Dickson does second January Gourds show
TELLURIDE – San Miguel County Poet Laureate Elissa Dickson will perform in January again this year as part of the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds Poetry Club series.
“Her performance last year was riveting,” explained Poetry Club co-director Art Goodtimes. “She’s a local favorite. I’m expecting a full house.”
The reading begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 23rd at the Telluride Arts Gallery Office, 135 West Pacific, across the street from the Wilkinson Library entrance.
Elissa is the adult programs coordinator at the Wilkinson Public Library. Her love for poetry began when she was in college at the University of Michigan and has continued to grow ever since.
In her free time, she enjoys performing and dancing with Telluride Theatre and is also an avid mountain biker, rock and ice climber, whitewater rafter and skier. She thinks nature and ice cream are the coolest. When she grows up, she hopes to be a river otter.
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, “Animals.”
Coming up next month are the dynamic Naturita Creek duo Daiva Chesonis & Craig Childs Feb. 20 (Theme: Birth). The Traveling Gourds Tour will have its final appearance in March with Jennifer Rane Hancock of Grand Junction. Then, after taking our usual summer break, we will continue our regular Poetry Club readings in Telluride starting in September.
Simultaneously, we will be exploring special guest readings throughout the year, with planning underway for a Western Slope visit from California’s Claire Blotter in April. In May we will host the winners of the Fischer Prize poetry competition at the Telluride Literary Arts Festival.
Submissions for the 2018 Fischer Prize are now being accepted at talkinggourds.weebly.com/fischer-prize.html
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.
Talking Gourds Poetry Club, the Traveling Gourds Tour and Gourd Guests are collaborative projects of the Telluride Institute -- in partnership with the Wilkinson Public Library, Between the Covers Bookstore, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Lithic Bookstore & Gallery, Paonia Public Library, the Telluride Literary Arts Festival, Telluride Arts, the Telluride Mushroom Festival, and our club members.
Talking Gourds is indebted to generous contributions past and present from Audrey Marnoy, Peter Waldor, the late Elaine Fischer and her many friends, Eduardo Brummel, Daiva Chesonis, Elissa Dickson, Laura Colbert, Jess Newens, Judy Kohin, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Danny Rosen, Kyle Harvey, Craig Jackman, Kate Jones, Pepper Raper, Molly Perault, Amy Brosch, Tara Miller, Sam Brown, Elle Metrick, Craig Childs, Kyra Kopestonsky, Lee & Billi Taylor, Allyson Snyder, David Oyster, Michael Olschewsky & Ruth Duffy, and our many friends.
Call 970-729-0220 (voice or text, but no voicemail please) or visit the Gourds website <talkinggourds.weebly.com> for more info.
Poster for the event, photo of the poets, short exemplary poems and other information available by emailing Art Goodtimes at email@example.com
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