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A woman to celebrate--long live the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival, such a beautiful gathering in the name of a beautiful human

A woman to celebrate–long live the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival, such a beautiful gathering in the name of a beautiful human

TRTC’s 3rd Annual
KAREN CHAMBERLAIN POETRY FESTIVAL
March 29-31

Thunder River Theatre Company’s third annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival will be held at Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale, Colorado, March 29 – 31, 2013. Everyone is invited to join us as we honor the inspiring life of Karen Chamberlain, who passed away in September 2010.

The theme of the third installment of this annual series is “Poetry Everywhere!” The first evening of the festival, poet Reg Saner will be awarded the Chamberlain Award for Lifetime Poetic Achievement., along with performances by Kit Kalreiss Muldoon, Patrick Curry, Eric and Jacob Walter, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Jeff Spahr-Summers, Debbi Brody, Ellen Metrick, Trinity Lafey, and SETH.

Saturday will feature an award ceremony naming the new Western Slope Poet Laureate, along with performances by M.D. Friedman, Uche Ogbuji, the Word Horde, Jimi Bernath, Barbara Ford, current Western Slope Poet Laureate Art Goodtimes, Roseanna Frechette, Bill Kight, Jared Smith, and Judyth Hill.

Performances and open mics will take place Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday morning’s continental breakfast begins at 10 a.m., followed by a gourd circle led by Art Goodtimes.

Saturday workshops, more than a dozen of them, include Open Mic 101 with Kit Kalreiss Muldoon, Uche Ogbuji’s Poetry from the Heart’s Far-Flung Places, Contemporary Music and Poetry: Creative Connections taught by Rick Kempa, Writing the Political Poem with Debbi Brody, Stewart Warren’s “Collaborations: the muse everywhere,” Art Goodtimes and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer’s Loosening the Knot on the Robe, among others.
One of the highlights of the festival is an art show in the lobby of the theatre featuring the artwork of Kim Nuzzo and Wendy Videlock.

The Days Inn of Carbondale is helping TRTC by giving poetry festival attendees a special rate for the weekend. The Days Inn can be reached by calling 970-963-9111.

TRTC thanks our underwriters Bob Chamberlain, Days Inn- Carbondale, Sarah and Marty Flug and The Thrift Shop of Aspen.
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to honor a great lady and to grow the poetry in your soul. Tickets are available online at www.thunderrivertheatre.com. TRTC is offering financial assistance scholarships to high school students and college students in need for the 3rd annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival. E-mail lonw@sopris.net for details. For more festival information, e-mail karenchamberlainpoetryfestival@gmail.com.

Tickets & Information: thunderrivertheatre.com

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Years later
your laughter hatches
in my ears as if
there were an egg
that had slowly, miraculously
incubated there
and now a bird
made of your voice
is aflight in my head,
its song your words
it swoops in my silence
and lands on my breath.
I come to it
quietly, quivering,
feed it my attention,
and all is vertigo
the years unhinged,
my own unruly wings
beat to meet you
my friend, my friend.

*written for Karen Chamberlain, whose collection of poems, Ephedra, will be released posthumously this summer.

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