Category Archives: Arts

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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Colorado Poet Creates A Handbook For A Modern Minstrel Show

Poet Ruth Ellen Kocher is the director of the creative writing program at CU Boulder. Courtesy of Ruth Ellen Kocher Poet Ruth Ellen Kocher casts Martin Luther King Jr., singer Eartha Kitt and even Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura as characters in her latest book. … Continue reading

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Coloradan Composes Choral Music About Flint Water Crisis

At this time three years ago, water contaminated with lead was flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan. This public health crisis stunned composer Andrea Ramsey of Boulder, so she wrote a choral piece about it titled “But A Flint Holds Fire.” It … Continue reading

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Denver Poet Takes On The Tragedy And Beauty Of 21st Century America

Denver Poet Wayne Miller Courtesy of Jennifer Drake Plane crashes, random shootings and the sound of a sleeping baby are all fodder for Denver poet Wayne Miller. His latest book is “Post-” It recently won the Rilke Prize and is a … Continue reading

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Coloradan Grows New Songs From The Seeds Of Old Music

Longmont banjoist Jayme Stone says field recordings made decades ago by folklorist Alan Lomax are like heirloom seeds. Starting in the 1930s, Lomax traveled the world collecting thousands of songs. Stone and his collaborators have cultivated new music from those … Continue reading

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Poetry Meant To Be Torn Apart And Recrafted

Boulder experimental poet Eleni Sikelianos’ new book is titled “Make Yourself Happy” – Courtesy of Laird Hunt Boulder experimental poet Eleni Sikelianos wants readers to literally rip into her new book “Make Yourself Happy.” She’s included pages that are meant to be … Continue reading

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