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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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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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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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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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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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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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