Talking Gourds: Tours Hosts Rosen, Honors Mueller, 4/25

Monthly Talking Gourds show begins at the Telluride Arts Gallery at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at the Telluride Arts Gallery and Offices, 135 West Pacific.

For the last poetry tour until the fall, the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds program is hosting Fruita-based Lithic Press publisher and poet Danny Rosen and, at the same time, honoring legendary poet Jack Mueller of Log Hill Village for National Poetry Month.


Mueller, who moved to the Western Slope from San Francisco where he was a fixture in the North Beach poetry scene, was originally scheduled to perform, but he has taken sick and will be unable to appear.

Rosen and fellow poets will be honoring him, nevertheless.

“A geologist and amateur astronomer, Danny brings the entire galaxy into his poems,” noted Talking Gourds co-director Art Goodtimes, “and makes us experience time on the million-year scales of the earth itself. He is a very dynamic performer.”

Rosen founded and runs the Lithic Press out of a bookstore/gallery in downtown Fruita. His chapbooks include “That Curve” (Western Sky Press, 2006), “Ghosts of Giant Kudu” (Kattywompus Press, 2013) and his most recent, “Primate Poems” (Lithic Press, 2016). His poems have appeared most recently in Pilgrimage, San Pedro River Review, Comstock Review, Fruita Pulp, Malpais Review and elsewhere.

He thinks a lot about ‘Punctuated Equilibrium,” an addendum to Darwinian evolution, in which most change occurs in quick brief fits. In the flourishing moment of the current punctuation, he lives among dogs in the desert of western Colorado.

The monthly show begins at the Telluride Arts Gallery at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25; moves to La Zona Colona Coffeehouse in Ouray County at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26; appears at Wisehart Springs Inn near Paonia beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27; and has its grand finale in Fruita, April 28, in the Lithic Bookstore & Gallery at 7 p.m.

The April theme is “Lost.

In addition, the new Guest Gourds program kicks off during National Poetry Month with Nathan Brown, former Oklahoma poet laureate. Learn more about Nathan at his website ( He will appeared at a house party in Norwood April 16 and the following day at the Telluride Mountain School and the Norwood School.

For more info, call Art Goodtimes at 970-729-0220.

April 25-28 will be the last tour of the season, until the tour starts up again in the fall with Jodie Hollander of Avon in September and then Valerie Szarek of Louisville together with Luis Lopez of Grand Junction in October.

The San Miguel County performance occurs at the Telluride Arts Gallery and Offices, 135 West Pacific, across the street from the library.

The Ouray County reading takes place at La Zona Colona just off U.S. Highway 550.

In Delta County the show opens at the Wisehart Springs Inn at 39508 Pitkin Rd just outside Paonia (northwest on Pitkin Rd. off of Colo. Hwy. 133, going up on Pitkin Mesa and then left on Royal Road).

And in Mesa County the event is held at the Lithic Bookstore & Gallery, which is located at 138 South Park Square #202 in Fruita (Upstairs — enter through lobby door by the east side of the building on Mesa Street).

In Telluride and some of the other venues, we follow Club announcements and the featured performance(s) with a short break. Then we pass the gourd and everyone has a chance to read a poem or two (their own, or one from a favorite poet that speaks to the theme).

For info on the Colona reading, contact Craig Jackman at or 970-249-4214.

For info on the Paonia event, contact Art Goodtimes at 970-729-0220.

for info on the Fruita performance, contact Kyle Harvey or Danny Rosen at 970-858-3636.

Submissions are now being accepted until April 22 for the 2017 Fischer Prize for poetry with its $3000 in prizes. For more info, go to


Talking Gourds programming survives without government grant or subsidy through the generous support of private donors and Club members.

There is a one-time fee of $25 to join the Talking Gourds Poetry Club.
That makes you a full member for a year and gets you on our cyber Mailchimp list for readings, festivals, and contests. And it means that you are one of those generous supporters who believes in the importance of the arts on the Western Slope.

A $10 annual renewal fee keeps you up to date as a full member, renews your subscription to our private email newsletter, and gives you half-price for Fischer Prize submissions and free Poetry Club broadsides.

Talking Gourds Poetry Club, the Traveling Gourds Tour and Gourd Guests are collaborative projects of the Telluride Institute — in partnership with the Wilkinson Public Library, Between the Covers Bookstore, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Lithic Bookstore & Gallery, La Zona Colona Coffee, Wisehart Springs Inn, KVNF, the Telluride Literary Arts Festival, Telluride Arts, and the Telluride Mushroom Festival.

Talking Gourds is indebted to generous contributions from Audrey Marnoy, Peter Waldor, the late Elaine Fischer and her many friends, Daiva Chesonis, Elissa Dickson, Laura Colbert, Jess Newens, Judy Kohin, Art Goodtimes, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Danny Rosen, Kyle Harvey, Craig Jackman, Kate Jones, Paige Blankenbuehler, Art & Erin Wisehart, Brian Calvert, Eduardo Brummel, Lee Taylor, Michael Olschewsky and Ruth Duffy.

Call 970-729-0220 (voice or text, but no voicemail please) or visit the Gourds website for more info.

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