Posts Tagged ‘Telluride’


It’s poetry set to music … come hear Heartbeat in concert. Seven women singing all genres of music, a cappella.

Here’s a link to an article about our group and what one might expect at the concert.


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 Heart in Hand
Tuesday, February 10
Going Out, Going In: Sneak Peak

Wilkinson Public Library, 6-8 p.m.
Telluride, CO

First, we play. That is the premise of the four-day art and writing retreat I will be teaching with artist Brucie Holler. So as a teaser for our retreat at Ah Haa, this sneak peak program is chance to be light with yourself, with your inner critic, and with other women who are interested in words. Nothing serious. Nothing intimidating. We’ll read fun and funny poems by other women, and write a few, too … it’s a great gift to give to yourself, and it’s free! For more information, go to http://www.telluridelibrary.org/ or contact Elissa at the library, 970-728-4519 x147 or edickson@telluridelibrary.org .

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not in any hurry, miss rosemerry

Hi Friends,

Tonight leads off a big month of poetry events in our region. Aaron Abeyta will be reading in Ridgway tonight at the Open Bard series at the Sherbino, and he is magnificent. In Telluride, a three-week discussion series on Sufi mystics starts tonight, too. You do not need to attend all the Thursdays to take part.

I thought since there’s so much happening I would send you links to help you decide what you might want to attend … hope to see you!


May 1, 8, 15
Where Poetry Meets the Divine: Three Sufi Mystics and the State of Your Life
Wilkinson Public Library, Telluride, 6-8 p.m., free
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer leads a conversation about Hafiz, Rabia, and Rumi.


May 6
Talking Gourds Poetry Club Hosts Trish Roo
Arroyo Wine Bar & Gallery, Telluride, 6 p.m., free
For open mic following, the theme is Wind. Call 970-729-1838.

May 15-18
Telluride Literary Fest
All around Telluride: Poetry Brothel, Literary Burlesque, Literary Pub Crawl, Gourd Circle, Craft Talks, Literary Walk, Book Lovers Bash and More.


May 16
Taking It All Off: An Evening of Literary Burlesque
Ah Haa School for the Arts, Telluride, 7 p.m. $5 at the door
The metaphorical and literal veils will be falling. Come at your own risk.


May 22
Word Sharks Poetry Reading
Sideshow Emporium and Gallery, Dolores, 7 p.m., free
Friends Art Goodtimes, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and David Feela perform, open gourd to follow. Call 970-739-4646.

June 1
Collage: Poetry on Paper
Weehawken Ridgway- Old Schoolhouse, 9 a.m. -4 p.m., $135
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer & Meredith Nemirov lead participants in creating a collage and writing poetry.

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Come Play Poetry in Telluride …

You. A poem a day. 30 days. Life may never be the same … 

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blossoms climbing the ladder

July 1
Telluride, CO
Why Look Like a Dead Fish? A Day of Reading and Writing with Rumi
Ah Haa School, Stone Building, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“With passion pray. With passion make love. With passion eat and drink and dance and play. Why look like a dead fish in this ocean of God?”
Jalaladin Rumi (1207-1273)

And with passion, we’ll read and converse and write. Rumi, a Sufi poet, theologian and teacher born in Persia, has been the best selling poet in America since the 1980s. His is a universal voice for cosmic, Divine love, not limited by religious beliefs, not embroiled in dogma. Into our modern, synthetic, technological world starved for real ecstasy, Rumi spills ecstasy. For six hours, we’ll talk about Rumi’s life, read his poems from multiple translators, and write our own poems in response to his words. All are welcome, regardless of poetic experience. As Rumi would say, “It’s rigged—everything in your favor. So there is nothing to worry about.” For more information, contact Jess Newens at 970-728-3886.

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What could be finer than drink some wine, listen to poems, and talk about two of life’s most wonderful, mysterious and sensual experiences–our physical attractions to each other and our spiritual attractions to god. Sex and spirit. That’s how we’ll begin the new Poetry Club in Telluride on January 8 at Arroyo’s fine art gallery and wine bar on 220 E. Colorado Ave.

Led by Art Goodtimes,who will be sharing from Lenore Kandel’s collected works, and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, who will share from Daniel Ladinski and Nancy Owen Barton’s new collection of Rumi poems The Purity of Desire, the evening is open to anyone who wants to join us, though we’re looking for members to support the new club. $25 annual memberships will be available. Members will receive regular updates on monthly meetings and special events. Membership contributions will be tax-deductible. The first person to sign up that night receives a free copy of The Purity of Desire.

Daiva Chesonis of Between the Covers will be offering chits to all attendees giving a 10% discount on one book at the bookstore. The first member to sign up at the Tuesday inaugural meeting will also receive a free poetry book.

“In Western culture, the erotic and spiritual are sometimes seen as opposite poles, but in many traditions – including indigenous cultures of the Americas – they are complementary aspects of the sacred,” explained Goodtimes.

After the reading and discussion, which the Wilkinson Library will film and post on YouTube, there will be an unfilmed gourd circle, where folks can bring erotic and spiritual poetry to share – either their own work or from poets they love, or they can just listen in as part of the circle.

The series will normally be held on the first Tuesday of each month and is thanks to the non-profit umbrella of the Telluride Institute and in collaboration with the Wilkinson Library, Arroyo Telluride and Between the Covers Bookstore.

For more information, contact Art Goodtimes, 970-327-4767, or Rosemerry at 970-728-0399.

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Wise Voices from the East: From Han-shan to Basho and Beyond

Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
Wilkinson Pubic Library Telluride Room
Telluride, Colorado
February 15-March 14

“No direction is better or worse, east is just as good as west. Those who know the meaning of this are free to go where they want.” These words, written by Han Shan in the seventh century, were part of the Chinese literary tradition that informed the work of the Japanese tanka and later haiku. For five weeks, we’ll study Eastern poets, including Han-shan, Kukai, Shikibu Izumi, Dogen Kigen, Basho, Ryokan, Issa, Chiyo-ni, and more, as they explore themes of humility, grateful acceptance, non-duality, contradictoriness, love, freedom, courage and death.

Guiding you through the centuries is San Miguel County’s first poet laureate Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. Her work includes a poem a day practice and her most recent poetry collection, The Miracle Already Happening: Everyday Life with Rumi.

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