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An Interview: Colorado Book Award Nominee David Hicks

April 21st, 2018

The Colorado Book Awards celebrate the immense literary successes of local authors. David Hicks is a Colorado Book Award – Fiction nominee. He will read alongside fellow nominees in various categories on April 27th at Denver’s BookBar beginning at 7PM. Show your support for these nominated Colorado greats. Lucky for us, David Hicks was happily willing to let me pick his brain a bit. About David Hicks: David is the author of the debut novel, White Plains, which was published by Conundrum Press in 2017. Excerpts from the novel have been published as short stories in Glimmer Train, Colorado... Read More

It’s STILL National Poetry Month!

April 12th, 2018

It’s time to celebrate a few local poets. On Friday, April 13th there will be a Book Launch Celebration featuring three Denver University poetry students. Diana Khoi Ngyen will read from Ghost of; Jennifer Elise Foerster will read from Bright Raft in the Afterweather; Alicia Mountain will read from High Ground Coward. Event info: Starts at 7pm at Counterpath (7935 East 14th Avenue, Denver) All poetry collections will be available for purchase!   About Diana: “Born in Los Angeles, Diana Khoi Nguyen is a poet and multimedia artist whose work has appeared widely in literary journals such... Read More

Who Reads Poetry?

April 12th, 2018

Who Reads Poetry? (You, I Hope) As you know (and if you don’t, play along here), it’s National Poetry Month. Usually when months are themed, there’s a cause that is not getting its due attention. By dedicating a month to a cause, there is a passionate (albeit a bit desperate) attempt at work to concentrated attention, education and awareness. March is Women’s History Month October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month February is African American History Month June is Fireworks Safety Month. December is Toys for Tots Month. Poetry seems odd when coupled alongside these. Though National Poetry... Read More

Happy National Poetry Month!

April 5th, 2018

Poetry is so much more than a pastime; poetry is a necessary force–one of immense capability, a valuable emotional resource and vital political tool in this world. National Poetry Month is not just for poets and avid poet readers, but for all to recognize the beauty and importance of this art. Here are a few things you need to know to celebrate this month in all its glory: Celebrate at Mercury Cafe on April 14th! The biggest show in town celebrating the month’s festivities will culminate at, the legendary Mercury Cafe during the Colorado Poetry Rodeo (also known as the Podeo). This will... Read More

How to Celebrate World Poetry Day

March 18th, 2018

March 21st is World Poetry Day! According to the United Nations, who established this fantastic, necessary holiday in 1996, the celebration of World Poetry Day intends to, ​encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to ​promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between ​poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and ​painting, and to support small publishers and create an ​attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry ​will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one ​which enables society as a whole to... Read More

March into Denver’s Lighthouse

March 8th, 2018

If you’re involved in the Denver literary scene whatsoever, whether as a reader or writer, you’ve likely heard of Lighthouse before. This non-profit is run out of a two-story home just off of Colfax Avenue. It has the antique, homey feel of the area, and the ornate ceilings, light fixtures and furniture give the ambiance of being welcomed into a well-to-do writer’s home (though nobody actually lives here). Lighthouse hosts a number of free public events, readings, writer’s workshops, and offers membership perks such as writer’s hours, workshop discounts, and exclusive events. I can proclaim... Read More

March Events @ Denver’s BookBar

March 3rd, 2018

This is the idyllic spot for anybody who loves reading, eating and drinking, especially altogether. Imagine combining the frugal indulgence of happy hour with silent reading, literary trivia, a featured reading, or book club. You can do all of this (& more!) at BookBar. This trendy spot features a delicious menu riddled with clever item names (that also serve as literary allusions), such as Much Fondue About Nothing, Melville Melt, and Egg-ar Allen Pesto and libations including a list of local options.With its impressive array of events, BookBar is certainly a hub that both hosts &... Read More

Local Literary Sites Worth Citing (& Sighting)

February 22nd, 2018

Wander Any Tattered Cover Bookstore There are three Tattered Cover Bookstores in the greater Denver area. TCB proffer a variety of books in numerous genres, both new and used. The indie-pendent (see what I did there?) book store chain first appeared as a single location totaling 950 ft. with a mere two staff members in 1971, and celebrated four decades of success and expansion in 2011. It’s difficult to trace which prominent figures have visited which locations, earning the small book store chain a literary historic reputation that is recognized nationwide. Some of the authors, significant figures... Read More

Colorado Through the Eyes of Its Earliest Poets

February 15th, 2018

The editor of History of Colorado, Volume 1 (1918), Wilbur Fiske Stone, leaves the reader with a final thought much more qualified than I to introduce this series of early Colorado poetry: “Literature is a tremendous force in our mountain commonwealth and should be encouraged. The writer renders a valuable service. […] The poet gives us intellectual intoxication and philosophy of life.  […] Literature is an aid to culture. It fosters in us the evolve of the good, the true, the beautiful.” (890) That being said, here are some poems to help cultivate that Coloradan sense of wonder... Read More

Calling All Poets to Denver’s Open Mics

February 8th, 2018

 A poet’s natural habitat looks something like this: sitting with a bent neck, cold coffee within reach, diving into oneself, backspacing with burrowed brow or crumbling papers to toss into the full wastepaper basket in the corner. It’s a process of passion, and an intimately solitary one at that. Too often poets’ efforts remain confined to the page; it might seem unnatural to share one’s poetry at all let alone aloud with strangers.  However, I’m here to advocate for Denver poetry activism. Here I’ll review the ample reasons & rewards to reading for an audience:         Stepping... Read More