At the request of featured performer Elissa Dickson, Telluride's December Talking Gourds has been moved from Tuesday December 6th to Wednesday December 14th.
The event will take place at 6 p.m. at Telluride Arts across from the library and will feature San Miguel Poet Laureate, Elissa Dickson.  Please join us!  Event is free and open to the public.

County Poet Laureate showcased on Traveling Gourd Tour

TELLURIDE – Elissa Dickson, San Miguel County’s poet laureate, brings her powerful performance chops and strong topical poems to the last-of-the-year Traveling Gourd Tour Dec. 6-8.

Elissa is the adult programs coordinator at the Wilkinson Public Library, a strong contender for what she calls the “radest” library in the universe. Her love for poetry began when she was in college at the University of Michigan and has continued to grow ever since.

In 2016, she was named San Miguel County Poet Laureate for a two-year term, following in the footsteps of Peter Waldor, Ellen Metrick and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

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

The tour starts in Telluride. Dickson will perform at the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds Poetry Club monthly first Tuesday meeting Dec. 14th at 6 p.m. The new venue is the Telluride Arts office directly across from the Wilkinson Public Library main entrance on Pacific Ave.

In Telluride, following Club announcements and the featured performances, there will be a short intermission, after which the gourd will be passed around the room to give Club members and attendees a chance to read a poem or two. The gourds circle theme for December is “Bridges.” Bring your own work or that of a favored poet to share.

And then following the Telluride Tuesday, the Traveling Gourds tour will take Dickson on Wednesday, Dec. 7th, to Ridgway’s Cimarron Books at 1 p.m. and our new venue at La Zona Colona Coffee between Ridgway and Montrose at 5 p.m. that evening.

For the final stop on the tour, Elissa will appear Thursday Dec 8th at the Lithic Bookstore in Fruita at 7 p.m. Lithic Bookstore & Gallery is located at 138 South Park Square #202 in Fruita (Upstairs -- enter through lobby door on the east side of the building on Mesa Street).

For info on the Ridgway stop, contact Sara Doehrman at or 970-708-4027. For info on the Colona reading, contact Craig Jackman at or 970-249-4214. For more info on the Fruita performance, contact Kyle Harvey or Danny Rosen at (970) 858-3636.

Talking Gourds programming survives through the generous support of private donors and Club members. There is a one-time fee of $25 to join and get on the cyber mailing list for regular meetings and special events. And then there is a $10 annual renewal to be a member in good standing each year and to receive half-price on Fischer Poetry Prize submissions and monthly broadsides of the featured poets.

Talking Gourds is a multi-part program of the Telluride Institute in partnership with the Wilkinson Public Library, Between the Covers Bookstore, Lithic Bookstore & Gallery, Cimarron Books & Coffee, La Zona Colona Coffee, Ah Haa School for the Arts, the Telluride Mushroom Festival and Telluride Arts.

Talking Gourds is indebted to generous contributions from Audrey Marnoy, Peter Waldor, the late Elaine Fischer and her friends, Sean Murphy, Craig Jackman, Daiva Chesonis, Elissa Dickson, Art Goodtimes, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Danny Rosen, Kyle Harvey, Michael Olschewsky, Ruth Duffy and Sara Doehrman.

Call 970-729-0220 or visit the Gourds website <> for more info.