Talking Gourds: Norwood, Peter Anderson Reading

The Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds Poetry Project announces the second feature of its summer Guest Gourd series with a performance in Norwood: Peter Anderson of Crestone will be reading from his new work Heading Home: Field Notes, a collection of flash prose and prose poems exploring rural life and the modern day eccentricities of the American West (Conundrum Press, 2017). Event is Sunday, June 11.

A Bennett Fellow Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy for the 2015-16 school year, Pter Anderson teaches writing at Adams State University in Alamosa. His other books include Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015), an anthology of Grand Canyon poems edited with Rick Kempa, nominated for a Colorado Book Award; and First Church of the Higher Elevations (Conundrum Press, 2015), a collection of essays on wildness, mountain places, and the life of the spirit,

The reading occurs this coming Sunday, June 11th in Norwood Gardens at 7:30 p.m. It’s a Potluck Dessert Party, so bring a dish or a $10 donation. Call 970-729-0220 to RSVP (text or talk, no voice mail please)

The monthly Talking Gourds Poetry Club in Telluride resumes in Sept., along with the Traveling Gourds Tour. However, the tour will only occur four times a year in Telluride, Colona, Paonia, and Fruita – September and October; March and April. The featured poet in September will be Jodie Hollander of Avon, Colorado, who studied poetry in England where she published The Humane Society (Tall-Lighthouse, London, 2012) and more recently My Dark Horses (Liverpool Univ. Press, 2017).


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, which 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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