Category Archives: Arts

The Trauma Of The Vietnam War, And A Brother’s Suicide, In Poetry

On this day in 1975, at the tail end of the Vietnam War, there was a dramatic airlift. Thousands of people were evacuated out of Saigon as North Vietnamese troops approached the city. Vietnamese American poet Diana Khoi Nguyen’s parents … Continue reading

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CU-Boulder Acquires The ‘Sharkive,’ A Trove Of Career-Spanning From Master Printmaker Bud Shark

Lyons printmaker Bud Shark’s work appears in some of the country’s best museums:  New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., to name a few. The pieces stem from decades of … Continue reading

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Gender Is Evolving For Colorado Poet Andrea Gibson

Boulder poet Andrea Gibson. (Courtesy Coco Aramaki) For years, the concept of gender was painful for Boulder performance artist and poet Andrea Gibson. But now, it’s something to celebrate. Gibson has released a new book called “Take Me With You” along with an … Continue reading

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Colorado Springs Poet Explores Life’s Landscape Of Longing And Belonging

Janice Gould is the voice of an outsider when she writes with a tender intimacy of how she felt different as a teenager. Then she goes deep into the connection of family, a family standing at the “precipice of mortality” … Continue reading

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Women Who Pioneered Colorado’s Art Scene

Imagine hiking a Colorado 14er in a corset and long skirt. Would you do it just for the sake of art? In the 1870s landscape painter Helen Henderson Chain did.  She’s among the women who helped lay the foundation for … Continue reading

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Photographer Michael Crouser Captures The Realities Of ‘Mountain Ranch’ Life In Colorado

You can almost smell the scent of well worn leather in the black and white image of a cowboy swinging onto a moving horse on the cover of Minneapolis photographer Michael Crouser’s new book, “Mountain Ranch.” This collection of photos made at … Continue reading

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Young Pueblo Author’s Novel Garners More Than 24 Million Online Views

Alison Gervais (Courtesy of Kaleena English) Alison Gervais of Pueblo was only 16 when she started writing a paranormal novel about teen suicide. Now she’s 21, the story has had some 24 million views online and she has a publishing deal. Her … Continue reading

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Man-Booker-Prize Translator’s Job Isn’t Just About Language. She Translates Culture Too

Jessica Cohen (Courtesy of Tamara Mahoney Kneisel) “A Horse Walks Into A Bar” is the opening line of a joke, and it’s the title of Israeli author David Grossman’s new Man Booker International Prize-winning novel. Denverite Jessica Cohen translated the novel from the original Hebrew and shares the … Continue reading

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Colorado Metal Smith Shows His Mettle On History Channel

Southern Colorado metalsmith Craig Barr proved his prowess in the world of fiery forges and sharp blades when he took top honors on a recent episode of the History Channel’s “Forged In Fire”.  In the first stage of  the  competition, four contestants were given three … Continue reading

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Finding One Of Colorado’s Lost Literary Treasures: The Poetry Of Belle Turnbull

“Mountains cast spells on me … ” Those words begin a poem by the late Belle Turnbull. Her work focused on Colorado, especially the mountains and mining. She and her partner lived as an out lesbian couple in Breckenridge during the … Continue reading

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