January 24, 2017  |  6 - 8 PM  |  Telluride Arts HQ, 135 W Pacific Ave

Kierstin Bridger divides her time between Telluride and Ridgway Colorado. She was the 2011 Winner of the Mark Fischer poetry Prize and the Judge for the 2012 contest. 

Kierstin has performed her poetry at Twenty (by) Telluride, and Sparrows Festival in Salida, Colorado. She has been a featured writer and reader at Colorado events such as the Talking Gourds Poetry Series, P-3 (Performance, Poetry & Prose) and the Sheridan Opera House, After Long Silence in Seattle, and The Stripped Launch in Philadelphia, PA.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at Pacific University in Oregon.


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 <talkinggourds.weebly.com> for more info.