November 8, 15, 29, Dec. 13
Lightning Rods for the Muse: America’s Recent Poet Laureates
Telluride, CO, Wilkinson Public Library, 6-8 p.m.
Back in high school English class, you probably learned how poets spoke for their time—how the literature of the day reflected all that was happening politically, culturally, spiritually and economically. Who’s speaking for us today? In series, we’ll take a look at the four most recent U.S. poet laureates: Philip Levine, Natasha Trethewey, Charles Wright and Juan Felipe Herrera. Free. For more information, contact the amazing Elissa, firstname.lastname@example.org
November 9 & 16
Shoot From the Hip, Write From the Heart: Drop-In Writing Workshop
Ah Haa School, noon-1 p.m.
Step back into a long-forgotten practice, develop and refine your writing skills, garner some help with writer’s block or just try something new during Ah Haa’s ongoing drop-in writing workshop. Students bring a pen and paper or laptop, some ideas (or not—Rosemerry will have some if you don’t) and your lunch (optional!). No pre-registration is necessary! Come to as few or as many workshops as you’d like. $15 each. For more information, contact, Ah Haa at 970-728-3886.
Scribblers and Writers
Durango, CO, Maria’s Bookstore, 6:30
Scribblers & Writers and Maria’s host an evening with Rosemerry. She’ll talk about embracing creativity, how art helps us fall in love with the world, the gifts of failure and read from her new book, Even Now. Free and open to the public.
Possessed: The Art of Things, a drawing and poetry class
Ridgway, CO, Weehawken Arts, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Everyone has a “cherished object,” perhaps on from childhood that elicits memories from times past or perhaps something more recently purchased that inspires feelings of joy and pleasure. Poets have written poems to objects—consider that famous Grecian Urn or WC. Williams’ red wheelbarrow. And artists have produced an entire genre devoted to things—the still life. Join Rosemerry and Meredith to explore through words and drawings the things that enrich your life. Bring a couple of objects you like. Bring any drawing tools you enjoy working with—pens, pencils, charcoal, etc. Bring a sketch book about 11” x 15”
$120 per person. Minimum 7 students, Maximum 10. Call 970-318-0150 or visit http://weehawkenarts.org/creative-arts/adult-arts-classes/140-possessed-the-art-poetry-of-things-a-drawing-and-poetry-class-with-rosemerry-wahtola-trommer-and-meredith-nemirov
Fort Morgan, CO, Fort Morgan Community College
AJAR stands for Art Goodtimes, Judyth Hill And Rosemerry … a dynamic trio of poetry performers who perform independently and as a troupe—political, ecstatic, intimate, fun. They perform for the college on Friday night at 7 p.m. and then lead a workshop on Saturday at 11. For more information, contact the wonderful Rachel at email@example.com
Even Now & Primate Poems Book Launch
Fruita, CO, The Lithic Bookstore
Join Rosemerry and artist Jill Sabella for the official launch of their new book, Even Now, a collection of poems and drawings the two artists spent two years creating. Joining them will be Danny Rosen, founder and owner of Lithic Press and Lithic Bookstore, launching his own new collection, Primate Poems!
Even Now Booksigning
Telluride, CO, Between the Covers Bookstore, time TBA
Join Rosemerry at the bookstore on Noel Night when there will be discounts on all purchases … she’ll be signing copies of her new book—a great gift! And her old books, too.
Wednesday February 1-March 1, 2017
Leaping: How to Wildly Advance Your Writing: A five-week adventure in growing your voice
Telluride, CO, Ah Haa School, 6-8 p.m.
When a stranger on the corner asked, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” pianist Arthur Rubinstein famously replied: “Practice. Practice. Practice.” What’s true for the pianist is true for the poet. If you want to improve, it takes practice. In this five-week class, participants will be asked to write a poem a day for a month. A poem a day?! Mmm hmm. You can do it even if you’ve never written a poem outside of English class. All participants will receive a 30-day inspiration booklet with 60 possible prompts written by the workshop leader. You can scribble a late-night haiku about your cat or type a 14-line sonnet in rhymed iambic pentameter. It doesn’t matter. Nor does it matter if the writing is “good.” It matters that you write. It matters that you play. It matters that you try new things. More than poetry as product, we’re exploring a poetic life—poetry as path and lens and anchor and kite. These just might be 30 of the most fun, creative, door-opening, writer’s-block-busting, voice-changing, provocative days of your life. Let’s play. For more information, call 970-728-3886 or visit http://www.ahhaa.org/calendarize/leaping-wildly-advance-writing/