Wild Rose and McRedeye touring for Talking Gourds in February

Telluride Arts HQ

135 West Pacific (across the street from the library)

Tuesday, February 21, 6pm

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer of Placerville and Art Goodtimes of Norwood will be featured performers for the Telluride Institute's Traveling Gourds Tour Feb. 21-24, visiting Telluride, Colona and Fruita. A regularly scheduled Thursday night stop at Cimarron Coffeeroasters in Ridgway has been cancelled for the rest of the season.

“We’d love to have a reading Thursday nights late in the month in Montrose or Delta County,” explained Goodtimes, who co-directs the Institute’s Talking Gourds programs with Trommer. “If anyone in the towns of Montrose, Delta, Hotchkiss, Paonia or Olathe is willing to sponsor a poet or two for the night, we will make the arrangements to provide performers. Get a hold of us.”

Writers often write in the voice of different personae. Rosemerry likes to reserve her more daring pieces for a persona she calls Wild Rose. And Art likes to write in his poems with a voice different from his own, or his narrator, which he calls McRedeye.

Thanks to juggling schedules, Art will read in Telluride, Colona and Fruita, and Rosemerry will join him for the Telluride and Fruita readings, but not Colona.

In Telluride the performance occurs at the Telluride Arts Gallery and Offices, 135 West Pacific, across the street from the library, on Tues. Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. The Ouray County reading takes place at La Zona Colona just off U.S. Highway 550 on Wed. Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. And in Mesa County the event is held at the Lithic Bookstore & Gallery, which is located at 138 South Park Square #202 in Fruita (Upstairs -- enter through lobby door by the east side of the building on Mesa Street).

Rosemerry is the Western Slope Poet Laureate, a past San Miguel County Poet Laureate and a truly amazing performer. If you’ve never seen her, then you are in for a treat. If you have seen her, come see at her most daring, channeling Wild Rose.

Art Goodtimes is a past Western Slope Poet Laureate, a veteran performer who cut his lyric teeth on the beat streets of San Francisco, and a recently retired Green Party politician who writes weekly columns for the Montrose Mirror and the Watch out of Telluride.

To fill out the rest of the winter/spring Gourds schedule, March 21-24 will feature Frank H. Coons of Grand Junction and April 25-28 -- National Poetry Month -- will be Danny Rosen of Fruita and a celebration of Jack Mueller’s work.

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. Circles will be the theme for those bringing poems to share at the Gourds Circle or open readings after the featureds performers. The March theme is birds, and the April theme is Lost.

For info on the Colona reading, contact Craig Jackman at cj@jackmanoffice.com or 970-249-4214. For info on the Fruita performance, contact Kyle Harvey or Danny Rosen at (970) 858-3636.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 Fischer Prize for poetry with its $3000 in prizes. For more info, go to talkinggourds.weebly.com


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. These receive half-price on Fischer Poetry Prize submissions and featured poet monthly broadsides.

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, La Zona Colona Coffee, Ah Haa School for the Arts, the Telluride Literary Arts Festival, Telluride Arts and the Telluride Mushrooms Festival.

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

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