Colorado Laureates At Telluride Library, October 13 & 17, 2011

by Ryan Wilson, Marketing coordinator, Wilkinson Public Library

David RosemerryFrom Shakespeare to Milton, Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason finds inspiration in the classics.  On Thursday, October 13, 6:00 p.m., Program Room, Telluride's Wilkinson Public Library, local Poet Laureate for San Miguel County Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer will teach about land, love and luminous spiritual life through an examination of five different Colorado poets in a free class titled The Geography of Hope.  In preparation for David Mason’s visit to the library on Monday, October 17, 6:00 p.m., the first class will ponder the work of this prolific writer, who has been known to use everything from iambic pentameter to free verse in his poetry.


In 2010, Governor Bill Ritter declared David Mason Colorado’s sixth Poet Laureate.  Such a distinction requires that Mason serve as an advocate for poetry, literacy and literature.  His appearance at the Wilkinson PublicLibrary will be the last of a whirlwind tour that began on January 12 and has included 34 venues across the state.  For patrons of the Wilkinson Public Library, Mason is just the first poet to be examined by Trommer.   Other poets that will be covered include Veronica Patterson, Aaron Abeyta, Chris Ransick, and Pattian Rogers.  Ranging from the rural to the urban in both Spanish and English, these poets write in both formal and free verse, but as Trommer notes, “all of them invite us to explore the essence of humanity and to celebrate this land we call home.”

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer received her master’s degree in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her work has been featured in O Magazine and on A Prairie Home Companion.  She has also written several books including Holding Three Things at Once and Intimate Landscape: The Four Corners in Poems & Photographs.  For the past several years, Rosemerry has been committed to writing a poem a day.

To learn more about David Mason and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, listen to an interview between the two Poet Laureates above.  The class, The Geography of Hope begins on Thursday, October 13 with David Mason coming to the Telluride Wilkinson Public Library on Monday, October 17. 


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