Rosemerry Trommer: Out Loud On "Hush" At Telluride Transfer Warehouse, 7/10!

Authors Uncovered, an ongoing collaboration between Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library and Between the Covers Bookstore – and, in this instance, Telluride Arts – presents local poetess Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer for two back-to-back readings from her new book “Hush” (Middle Creek Publishing, 2020).

The happening takes place Friday, July 10, at the Telluride Transfer Warehouse, where the Telluride Arts crew have been hard at work transforming the venue into a distance-respecting outdoor space to gather and celebrate the arts. Doors open for the first reading at 6pm. Masks required. The musical duo of Ford & Fitzroy (AKA Rob Miller and Erika Moss Gordon) will play until 6:30pm. After a cleaning of the audience space, doors for the second reading will open at 7:30pm, again with musical accompaniment. Seating is very limited and is available by registering at

Rosemerry on Poetry in the Pandemic:

“Poetry is, more than anything, an invitation to show up, to be curious, to see beyond the self. It’s a bridge between the world around us and the world inside us. During the pandemic and Black Lives Matter, I’ve felt it even more than usual—the way that poems wrestle us, inspire us, comfort us, punch us in the gut. They help us lean deeper into the moment. What a lifeline they’ve been for me, reading and writing them. I’m really looking forward to sharing these poems from Hush, plus a few written during the pandemic.”

About ‘Hush”:

“In these quietly rendered poems, we are invited into the garden, and further into the wilderness—and find ourselves giving praise for that which is mud-smudged and lumpy, for the sincerity of wild strawberries, and for the onslaught, which every gardener knows. Here Rosemerry shows us how one might endeavor to be the peace we want in the world. One comes away remembering that tending is at the heart of all healing. Because thorn bush. Because great blue heron. Because puddles.” —Wendy Videlock, author of “Nevertheless.”

“Hush” is the winner of the Halcyon Prize for a collection of poems about human ecology, a book-long love song to humanity and the natural world. It’s driven by curiosity and a willingness to dance in the unknown. The poems celebrate the broken, the lowly, the humble, the parched, the lost. In the same way Trommer discovers basketfuls of chanterelles in the forest, this collection fills our baskets with hope, each poem an invitation to let the world astonish us and make us new.

About Rosemerry:

Word Woman Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer lives with her husband and two children in Placerville, Colorado, on the banks of the wild (and un-dammed) San Miguel River. She served as San Miguel County’s first poet laureate (2007-2011) and as Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015-2017).

Devoted to helping others explore their creative potential, Rosemerry is the co-host of Emerging Form, a podcast on creative process (with Christie Aschwanden), co-director of Telluride’s Talking Gourds Poetry Club (with Art Goodtimes) and co-founder of Secret Agents of Change (with Sherry Richert Belul). She also directed the Telluride Writers Guild for 10 years.

Rosemerry teaches and performs poetry for addiction recovery programs, hospice, mindfulness retreats, women’s retreats, teachers and more. Past clients include Camp Coca Cola; Craig Hospital; Business & Professional Women; Deepak Chopra; Think 360,; Ah Haa School for the Arts; Desert Dharma; Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library; Telluride Literary Burlesque; and Mesa State University.

Rosemerry performs as a storyteller, including shows in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House, at the Taos Storytelling Festival and the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. Her TEDx talk explores changing our outdated metaphors.

Rosemerry believes in the power of practice and has been writing a poem a day since 2006. Her daily poems can be found at Favorite themes in her poems include parenting, gardening, the natural world, love, science, thriving/failure and daily life.

Rosemerry Trommer has 12 poetry collections. Her work has appeared in O Magazine and on “A Prairie Home Companion,” on fences in back alleys and on hundreds of river rocks she leaves around town.

Her poems have been used for choral works by composers Paul Fowler and Jeffrey Nytch and performed by the Ars Nova Singers.

Rosemerry’s most recent collection, “Hush,” won the Halcyon prize and came out in spring 2020. “Naked for Tea” was a finalist for the Able Muse Book Award. Other titles include “Even Now,” “The Miracle Already Happening,” “The Less I Hold” (a finalist for the Colorado Book Award) and “If You Listen” (winner of the EVVY Award).

She’s won the Fischer Prize, Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge (four times), the Dwell Press Solstice Prize, the Writer’s Studio Literary Contest (twice), The Blackberry Peach Prize, and has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize.

Rosemerry earned her MA in English Language and Linguistics at UW-Madison.

One-word mantra: “Adjust.”

Three- word mantra: “I’m still learning.”

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