Category Archives: Arts

Telluride poet Kierstin Bridger gives voice to prostitutes of the Old West in her collection, Demimonde.

Prostitutes in Old West mining towns were relegated to the shadowy world of night. They were often shunned by their communities… and yet they played an important role in the history of the west. Demimonde translates as “half world” – … Continue reading

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Colorado Author Pam Houston’s Latest Book Is Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country.

Twenty-five years ago author Pam Houston was living in her car. But her first book, Cowboys Are My Weakness, became a bestseller – giving voice to women across the nation — and it gave Houston just enough money to make … Continue reading

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Boulder Poet Andrea Gibson Writes Through Love And War In ‘Lord Of The Butterflies’

Boulder poet Andrea Gibson weaves together love poetry with entries that explore protests, gun violence, homophobia and even war. The complexities and depths of human emotion form the foundation of Gibson’s latest collection of poetry, “Lord of the Butterflies,”. Gibson, who prefers the … Continue reading

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Denver Poet Dominique Christina Gives Voice To Enslaved Black Woman Who Endured Medical Experiments

  In the 1800s, Dr. J. Marion Sims, a white doctor considered to be the “father of modern gynecology,” experimented on enslaved black women, including a woman named Anarcha. In her new poetry collection “Anarcha Speaks: A History In Poems,” Denver poet Dominique … Continue reading

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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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Coloradan Makes Poetry Matter For His Students And His Community

A deep sense of the landscape and people of the American West infuses Western State University English professor Mark Todd’s poetry. And for the last three decades he’s wrangled Colorado writers at all kinds of events — from cowboy poetry readings to poetry … 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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