Talking Gourds: Elissa Dickson's Encore, 1/23/18

In December 2016, San Miguel Poet Laureate Elissa Dickson brought down the house when she performed her poetry at a Talking Gourds event. Her must-go encore for Telluride’s Poetry Club series takes place Tuesday, January 23, 6 p.m. at Telluride Arts’s HQ,135 West Pacific, across the street from the Library. Also, submissions for the 2018 Fischer Prize are now being accepted here.

Elissa Dickson

San Miguel County Poet Laureate Elissa Dickson performs again in January as part of the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds Poetry Club series.

 “Her performance last year was riveting,” explained Poetry Club co-director Art Goodtimes. “She’s a local favorite. I’m expecting a full house.”

Elissa is the adult programs coordinator at Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library. Her love for poetry began when she was in college at the University of Michigan and has continued to grow ever since. 

In her free time, Elissa enjoys performing and dancing with Telluride Theatre. She is also  an avid mountain biker, rock- and ice-climber, whitewater rafter and skier. Elissa thinks nature and ice cream are the coolest. When she grows up, she hopes to become a river otter.

Poetry Club announcements are followed by the featured performance. Then, after a short break, the gourd is passed to give everyone a chance to read a poem or two (their own, or one from a favorite poet) that speaks to the theme this month, “Animals.”

Coming up next month, on February 20, are the dynamic Naturita Creek duo of Daiva Chesonis & Craig Childs. The theme is “Birth.”

The Traveling Gourds Tour makes its final appearance in March with Jennifer Rane Hancock of Grand Junction. Then, after a summer break, Gourds continues with its  regular Poetry Club readings in Telluride starting September.

Simultaneously, Talking Gourds is exploring the possibility of special guest readings throughout the year, with planning underway for a Western Slope visit from California’s Claire Blotter in April. In May, Gourds hosts the winners of the Fischer Prize Poetry Competition at the Telluride Literary Arts Festival.

ADDITIONAL INFO

 Talking Gourds programming survives 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, Paonia Public Library, the Telluride Literary Arts Festival, Telluride Arts, the Telluride Mushroom Festival, and club members.

Talking Gourds is indebted to generous contributions past and present from Audrey Marnoy, Peter Waldor, the late Elaine Fischer and her many friends, Eduardo Brummel, Daiva Chesonis, Elissa Dickson, Laura Colbert, Jess Newens, Judy Kohin, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Danny Rosen, Kyle Harvey, Craig Jackman, Kate Jones, Pepper Raper, Molly Perault, Amy Brosch, Tara Miller, Sam Brown, Elle Metrick, Craig Childs, Kyra Kopestonsky, Lee & Billi Taylor, Allyson Snyder, David Oyster, Michael Olschewsky & Ruth Duffy, and our many friends.

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