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Come join me in a glorious gallery and art studio near Toronto, Canada, as we explore presence through poetry, meditation and interaction with art. July 28 & 29. Visit The Art of Showing Up for more information.


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Poetry friends, I hope you will be able to join me for some of these upcoming events:

May 18-20, Telluride Literary Arts Festival, featuring free readings, free open mic, free workshops, a poetry hike! For more schedule and featured guests, visit http://talkinggourds.weebly.com/literary-arts-festival.html


May 19, Literary Burlesque!! This year’s them: Uncorseted: It’s not what it seams . Eight whip-smart women strip away what it means to fight for LIBERTY in all their cheeky glory. It’s the 100th anniversary of Armistice. We celebrate the women who unbound themselves using their voices and bodies. Sexy, serious, playful, hot. I’ll be playing Anna Akhmatova, the Russian poet. 7 p.m. at the Black Box Theater in Telluride. Tickets are $20, available only at Between the Covers, 728-4504. Always sells out, get your ticket now!


May 21, Naked for Tea—I will be performing and sharing poems from my newest poetry collection in Ridgway at 6:30 at Cimarron Books and Coffee Roasters. Featuring Kyra Kopestonsky accompanying me on cello. Free.


May 23, Lost in Motherland, a free writing workshop for moms (step, biological, grand, etc) exploring how motherhood has undone us and made us who we are. At Wilkinson Public Library, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Telluride Room. To register, please call 970-728-4519 and ask for the youth services desk.


June 18, Always Becoming: A Dream and Poetry Workshop in Placerville, CO

What if you could rest in the knowing that your own consciousness had the answers that you were looking for? Each night, through the power and intensity of our dreams, we are offered pieces of ourselves that we might never come to know. Dreams speak the language of the soul, a rich and deep patois, from the deepest parts of our being. A dream may speak to a personal mythos or idea we hold about who we are, how we are living or what our future might hold; or it may offer an insight into a small detail of everyday life—what we do in relationships, how we pull back or illuminate the places we are stuck. Talking about dreams – as opposed to interpreting them – opens us up to a deep discovery of our own authenticity.

In this six-hour workshop, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., we will explore the landscape of dreams and use the symbols, images, metaphors and feelings to leap into language, writing poems that walk the line between certainty and uncertainty, dream and reality, the irrational and the true. Through dreams and poetry, we will navigate the tides of becoming—the continual, miraculous unfolding of life. No previous experience with dream work or poetry necessary. Led by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and Corinne Platt. $100. 

To register, contact Rosemerry, 970-729-1838 or wordwoman@rosemerry.com


June 26, Art Bar(d): The Art of Showing Up, Ridgway, 6-8 p.m. Sometimes, writing a poem is good medicine. The process can help us keep our heads and hearts where our bodies are, inviting us to return to the present moment again and again. No matter how busy you are—or not—this art of paying attention to the here and now has a wonderful way of inspiring us to live better, and to make our world better, while at the same time allowing us to see ourselves and the world as “good enough.” This is a workshop brought to you by curiosity and paradox. And wine. $25 gets you instruction and some liquid inspiration. We’ll read, write and share poems. All levels of writing expertise welcome. For more info or to register, contact Weehawken Arts, https://www.weehawkenarts.org/all-classes/343-artbar-d-the-art-of-showing-up-with-rosemerry-wahtola-trommer


July 7, First Saturday Poetry Series at Bookbar in Denver: Naked for Tea and Phases: Rosemerry joins bestie Erika Moss Gordon for an evening of poetic play. Free. Mingling at 4:30, reading at 5:30. For more info, contact Kate@bookbardenver.com



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Hi friends,


Here’s a nice local write up about my new book from the Telluride Daily Planet … 

I hope you can make the book launch at Telluride Arts on April 3, 6 p.m.! If not, we’ll raise a cup of tea in your honor.


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Heart-thawingly honest, deliriously sexy, and compassionate down to the fingertips.                  A book of kindness and bewilderment and delight from one of our best poets.                                           –Teddy Macker, “This World”


My new book, Naked for Tea, is just out! It was a finalist for the Able Muse Book Award, and deals with vulnerability, and how with our beautiful broken selves we can fall more deeply in love everyday with the beautiful broken world. And it features a fabulous foreword by Wayne Muller, author of A Life of Being, Having and Doing Enough.

I have three readings/signings set up for now:

April 3, Telluride Arts, Telluride, 6 p.m.
May 21, Cimarron Books, Ridgway, 6:30 p.m.
July 7, Book Bar, Denver, 5 p.m.

You can see the book and purchase it with Pay Pal on my website: https://wordwoman.com/books/naked.htm

If you prefer to pay with a credit card, you can buy it from the publisher’s website: https://www.ablemusepress.com/books/rosemerry-wahtola-trommer-naked-for-tea-poems

And you read about it and hear a podcast on it here: http://www.tellurideinside.com/2018/03/trommers-naked-for-tea-book-launch-at-telluride-arts-43.html

I totally believe in giving poems away—as you know—and I will continue to send you poems every day. AND, I would really appreciate it if you would support this poetry practice by purchasing a book. It would mean a lot to me.

If you want to set up a reading for your organization or a workshop near you, send me a note!

love, Rosemerry

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What is the difference between storytelling and poetry? I think they are both trying to build the same bridge–helping us connect with each other and the world around us.

I’ll be performing tonight at the Taos Storytelling Festival along with Cisco Guevara of Taos, Andy Offutt Irwin of Georgia and the winner of last night’s story slam. If you’re in Taos, I hope you can join me at 7 p.m. at the Taos Community Auditorium. And if you can’t, you can still read about it here ….

After the story slam tonight, I am eager to go to more storytelling events–intoxicating!

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This new collection of poems, edited by Phyllis Cole-Dai and Ruby R. Wilson, is an incredible book with so many of my favorite poets in it from across cultures and continents and centuries. I’m grateful to have three poems included in it, and I have been reading it every day, letting the poems do their good work on me. For more information about the book, including authors, reviews, and purchase info, visit Poetry of Presence

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For years I have wanted to be on the faculty at the Cliff Notes Writing Conference in Boulder, Utah, and this year, my dream comes true! If you’ve not been to this tiny town in the midst of Utah’s immense splendor, it’s past time for a road trip.

I’ll be teaching with the phenomenal David Lee, Utah’s past poet laureate, and all-around amazing Author Steven Nightingale. Workshops and performances all weekend long.

For more information about the schedule, lodging, and Boulder, Utah, visit here. 

To talk with a real person about it, contact Cheryl Cox at 435-335-7550.


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Aspen Poetry Workshop

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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 this five-week course, we’ll take a look at the five most recent U.S. poet laureates: Philip Levine, Natasha Trethewey, Charles Wright, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Tracy K. Smith. Appointed annually by the librarian of Congress, the official job description of the Poet Laureate is to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry. But the Poet Laureate, who is selected by a committee that includes the current Laureate and distinguished poetry critics, is someone who represents the prevailing poetry aesthetic. What do your laureates have to say about you? And what do you think of them? And what, in fifty years, will high school students have to say about how these poets spoke to our time here on this planet, in this country?

Guiding you on this journey through the Laureates is Western Slope poet laureate emeritus Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. Her master’s degree is in English Language and Linguistics, and for 10 years, she directed the Telluride Writers Guild. She has written a poem a day for several years, and her poems have been featured in O Magazine and on A Prairie Home Companion. Her books include The Less I Holdand The Miracle Already Happening.  Visit her website, www.wordwoman.com for writing exercises and essays on the art of writing.

Registration for the 5 week series is $160.

For more information, visit https://www.weehawkenarts.org/all-classes/224-lightning-rods-for-the-muse-america-s-most-recent-poet-laureates-with-rosemerry-wahtola-trommer

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