In Telluride, instead of First Tuesday, Anne Valley-Fox of Santa Fe and Kyra Kopestonsky of Fall Creek will appear at Arroyo’s Telluride on April Fool’s Day at 6 p.m. Then they will visit Ridgway’s Cimarron Books & Coffee Wednesday, April 6th, at 1 p.m. for an afternoon appearance, followed by an evening performance at the Montrose Regional Library at 6:30 p.m. The Talking Gourds Tour will conclude with a show at Lithic Bookstore & Gallery in Fruita on Thursday, April 7th, at 7 p.m.

Anne Valley-Fox is the author of How Shadows Are Bundled (University of New Mexico Press, 2009), Point of No Return (La Alameda Press, 2006), Fish Drum 15 (Fish Drum Press, 1999) and Sending the Body Out (Zephyr Press, 1986). She published Your Mythic Journey (with Sam Keen, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1989) and is co-editor of five oral history collections from the New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project (Sunstone Press, 2008-2013).

Fall Creek’s Kyra Kopestonsky is a pianist, cellist, poet and artist who has also worked as a goat herder and a scientific illustrator of cicada genitalia. She enjoys connecting with nature through hiking and biking. After coming face-to-face with a crouching mountain lion 15 feet away for a half hour during a hike, she has become more determined to actively engage in her life even amidst fears and uncertainties. Her newfound practice of writing poems is part of her commitment to creative expression.

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 theme for April is the “Bear.” Bring your own work or that of a favored poet to share.

Poetry Club members meet monthly, generally on first-Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m., at Arroyo’s, 220 E. Colorado Ave., next door to Ace Hardware.