Traveling Gourds Tour: Telluride, 9/26

After a summer hiatus, the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds program is hosting Jodie Hollander of Avon as its featured reader for the Traveling Gourds Tour this month, September 25-29.

A Norwood reading on the Talking Gourds Tour opens the Tour this month starting on Monday, September 25 at the Metrick home in Norwood Gardens subdivision, at 202 Cedar Drive on a country lane off of the road to the Norwood Transfer Station. For more info on that new venue and that reading, contact Elle Metrick at 970-729-1681

The monthly Talking Gourds Tour then continues at the Telluride Arts HQ Gallery, Tuesday, September 26, 6 p.m. before moving on to La Zona Colona Coffeehouse in Ouray County on Wednesday, September 27, 5 p.m.

The event happens at the Paoni Public Library on Thursday, September 28, 7 p.m.and has its grand finale in Fruita on September 29, 7 p.m., in the Lithic Bookstore & Gallery.

The September theme is “Family.” Bring poems of others or one’s own on the theme to read after the featured poet at the Norwood, Telluride, Colona and Paonia readings.

The tour continues in October with Valerie Szarek of Louisville together with Luis Lopez of Grand Junction as featured poets. For the rest of the winter, Talking Gourds revert to just events in Telluride and then resumes the Traveling Gourds Tour in March and April of 2018.

For info on the Colona reading, contact Craig Jackman at or 970-249-4214. For info on the Paonia event, contact Tara Miller at 970-527-6570, for info on the Fruita performance, contact Kyle Harvey or Danny Rosen at 970-858-3636.

Again, San Miguel County performance occur 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).

About Jodie Hollander:

Jodie Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. Her work has been published in journals such as The Poetry Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The New Criterion, The Manchester Review, Australia’s Best Poems, 2011 and Australia’s Best Poems, 2015. Her debut collection, The Humane Society, was published with tall-lighthouse (London) in 2012.

She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to South Africa, and was awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship in 2015. Hollander is currently the poetry editor for GARO, the online journal for the Rocky Mountain Land Library.

Her latest book, My Dark Horses, is just out from Liverpool University Press and received a very favorable review in the Denver Post here.



More info:

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.

Paying the fee makes you a full member for a year and gets you on Gourds 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 everyone up-to-date as a full member, renews the subscription to its private email newsletter, and allows a 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, Pepper Raper, Molly Perault, Art & Erin Wisehart, Tara Miller, Elle Metrick, Eduardo Brummel, Kyra Kopestonsky, 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.

Poster for the event, photo of the poet, short exemplary poem and other information available by emailing Art Goodtimes at

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