Hear Here, tiny.cc/hearherefb
Started in 2011, this ambitious start-up now holds multiple Hear Here sessions each month, one for networking, with featured artists and informal slamming, the other to help build Hear Here's second poetry slam team, which in its inaugural year finished fifth nationally.
Pikes Peak Romance Writers, pikespeakrwa.org
The local chapter of the Romance Writers of America, PPRW hosts workshops and monthly meetings for members to work on their writing, exchange tips and industry news and foster support.
Pikes Peak Writers, pikespeakwriters.com
A nonprofit providing more than 25 free and low-cost educational and networking opportunities for writers year-round (pictured). PPW also organizes the annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference.
Poetry 719, tiny.cc/poetry719fb
An online source that supports the local spoken- and written-word community and its events.
Poetry West, poetrywest.org
Poetry West, which bills itself as "the largest community of poets and writers in the Pikes Peak Region," hosts monthly workshops, critique sessions and every-now-and-again poetry readings. The nonprofit also produces a literary journal, The Eleventh Muse.
The Story Project, thestoryprojectsoco.wordpress.com
"Live personal storytelling" is the game here, making it less about writing, with monthly gatherings wherein locals — doctors, artists, actors, even Zorro impersonators — share their experiences, Moth-style. Sessions are recorded and can be heard on KRCC 91.5.
Unbound, Second Saturdays, 4 p.m. at Zodiac, 230 Pueblo Ave., fourth Saturdays, 4 p.m. at the Underground, 110 N. Nevada Ave., unbrandcos.tumblr.com
A brand-new bi-monthly live arts magazine featuring regular "columns," "articles" vetted by Unbound organizers, live bands at each show and the chance to meet, greet and co-mingle with the arts folk.
Word Wednesday, V-Bar, 19 E. Kiowa St., facebook.com/wordwednesdays
Now three years old, Word Wednesday runs from 8 to 11 p.m. weekly with both featured performers and time slots for spoken word artists and poets.
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