Telluride Library: Rothman, Workshop & Lecture, 2/7

Western Slope Poet Laureate David Rothman is in Telluride next week to offer a writing workshop and lecture at Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library. Both events are free, but the library ask interested parties to sign up in advance for the writing workshop, which also offers a continental breakfast. The class is limited to 12. Rothman will also be working with school groups ranging from first to tenth grade. The workshop, “The Comic Muse or So This Poet Walks Into A Bar” takes place Wednesday, February 7, 9 a.m. – noon. Rothman’s talk, “Belle Turnbull and the Poets of Colorado” takes place later that same day, at 6 p.m.

Dr. David Rothman is director of Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing.

About the workshop, “The Comic Muse, or, So This Poet Walks into a Bar”:

Why don’t light verse, intentional doggerel and satire get more respect? Why is unrhymed verse rarely funny? What verse forms do humorous writers use most often for their comic poems, and why? Why is comedy harder than dying? Does light verse have a short shelf life? Is tomorrow Tuesday? Where are my keys? Why are we asking all these questions?

Those and similar inquiries will occupy us as we do the difficult work of trying to figure out how to be funny in verse. Concerned with the nature of humor along with the future of humanity? We will consider poetry based on language play, poetry not based on language play, poetry occasionally based on language play, poetry in plays, the poetry of praise, Scottish border lays, the end of days, why none of us seems to be able to get a raise, the unclassifiable works of Ogden Nash, and the question of how librarians can therefore figure out which shelf to put them on.

About the talk, “Belle Turnbull and the Poets of Colorado”:

Belle Turnbull (1881-1970) was the first strong poet to live in and write about the mountains and high mining towns of the Colorado Rockies. Well-known during her life but long out of print, Turnbull’s lyrics of sublime alpine wilderness and her narratives about the harsh and dangerous world of hard-rock mining offer us a profoundly original vision of the American west that transcends the region. Join current Western Slope Poet Laureate David J. Rothman, co-editor of Belle Turnbull: On the Life & Work of an American Master, who will tell the extraordinary story of her life and read and discuss passages from her work.

About David Rothman:

David J. Rothman serves as Director of Western Colorado University’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, where he also directs the poetry concentration and the annual conference Writing the Rockies, along with editing Western’s national journal of poetry and criticism, THINK. His most recent book is Belle TurnbullOn the Life & Work of an American Master (Pleiades, 2017). His most recent volumes of poetry, both from 2013, are The Book of Catapults (White Violet Press) and Part of the Darkness (Entasis Press). A book of essays about mountains and mountain towns, Living the Life (Conundrum Press), also appeared in 2013. His poems, essays and scholarly work have appeared widely, in journals including Academic QuestionsAtlantic Monthly, Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, New Criterion, PoetryThreepenny Review and many more. He co-founded and served as first Executive Director of the Crested Butte Music Festival, was the founding Publisher and Editor of Conundrum Press (now an imprint of Bower House Books), and currently serves as Resident Poet for Colorado Public Radio and Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope (2017-’19). He has administered and helped to govern many nonprofits, including scholarly and arts organizations and private independent schools. He lives in Crested Butte, Colorado.

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