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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Poet Jodie Hollander hosts local workshops for National Poetry Month

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 12:56 PM

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Poet Jodie Hollander, author of The Humane Society and My Dark Horses, has made a mark everywhere she’s touched. From Australia, where she was included in multiple national poetry anthologies, to Italy, where she won a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, to South Africa, where she received a Fullbright Fellowship. Now living in Avon, Colorado, Hollander has made her mark on our state, too.

April, National Poetry Month, always proves to be Hollander's busiest month of the year. She spent the first week of the month in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she was the poet in residence at the Museum of Northern Arizona last year. Now, she’s coming to Colorado Springs to conduct four free workshops for local poets — and the poem-curious.

Hosted by Pikes Peak Library District at libraries across the city on April 12 and 13, Hollander’s workshops include a variety of topics: Poetry of Grief and Healing (East Library, April 12, 10 a.m.), Poetry of Place (Rockrimmon Library, April 12, 3 p.m.), and Poetry of Memory and Childhood (Penrose Library, April 13, 10 a.m. and Ute Pass Library, April 13, 1:30 p.m.)

“It's meaningful for me, not only as a teacher, but also as a poet, and really, as a person to see people able to sort of take things that maybe they've struggled with, or suffered from, and really transform them into something beautiful through poetry. And I think that poetry can serve so many different roles for people, all good,” Hollander says.
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These workshops, though taught by an internationally recognized poet, aren’t just for seasoned writers. In fact, Hollander emphasizes that no experience is necessary for any of her classes. “Sometimes I think people get intimidated by the word ‘poetry,’” she says. “And they're, you know, they might be interested in prose writing or fiction writing, and they've never done poetry … But I would just really encourage everyone who might be even just a little bit interested to come and try it out and see what poetry has to offer, because I think it has something for everyone.”

Hollander’s workshop style proves accessible, as well. She’ll start with some examples to learn from, some discussion of technique, and then writing prompts to get people started on creating their own poems. Participants are welcome to share at the end, but there is no obligation to.

More than anything, Hollander just wants people to experience what poetry can do for them. “Sometimes people don't realize how badly that they might need poem until they actually have that private moment with one,” she says, “whether that be reading or writing a poem. And then they realize really how transformative that experience can be for them.”

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Hollander at any of her weekend workshops, details below:
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Monday, January 7, 2019

Colorado Poet Laureate nominations open through Feb. 1

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 2:38 PM

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In 1919, Colorado’s then-Governor Oliver Shoup appointed Alice Polk Hill to the position of Colorado Poet Laureate. With that appointment, Colorado became one of the first states to honor poets with such a title. Five other people have served in the position since, including current Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison. Now, Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book and Colorado Creative Industries hope to find the next person to fill these big shoes.

Nominations are officially open for the next Poet Laureate of Colorado. From the organizations’ press release:

The Poet Laureate serves as an active advocate for poetry, literacy, and literature by participating in readings and other events at schools, libraries, literary festivals, and the State Capitol. The Poet Laureate will also provide the Governor with an annual account of the impact and success of the Colorado Poet Laureate program.

The selection of Poet Laureate will be based on artistic excellence, a demonstrated history of community service in the advancement of poetry, and the ability to present poetry effectively. A review panel will be convened to review nominations and make recommendations to the Governor, who will make the final selection. Complete nominations will be accepted through February 1, 2019. The Poet Laureate chosen by the Governor will serve a four-year term beginning in July 2019.

And, because any hopeful poet may be encouraged by this information, the Poet Laureate will receive $2,000 honoraria annually, plus up to $2,000 in travel expenses annually.

Any individual or organization may nominate a poet (and poets may nominate themselves), but nominations must be submitted online by no later than Feb. 1, 2019.
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Michelle Obama books "intimate" Pepsi Center engagement

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 3:45 PM


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First came the unlikely news that self-help contrarian Dr. Jordan Peterson is touring music venues, and now we’ve gotten word that Michelle Obama will be engaging in what's being promoted as an “intimate conversation” at the 20,000-capacity Pepsi Center.

The fondly remembered First Lady will be appearing Dec. 13 as part of a speaking tour to promote her forthcoming memoir Becoming.

“It’s the story of my humdrum plainness, my tiny victories, my lasting bruises, my ordinary hopes and worries” she writes on her Facebook page. “It’s the story of who I am, truly, and I’m proud of it — blemishes and all.”

Tickets for the Pepsi Center event will go on sale to the general public 10 am. Friday, Sept, 21, at becomingmichelleobama.com.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Pikes Peak Center books Dr. Jordan Peterson for October appearance

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 5:04 PM

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In one of this weeks’ stranger turn of events, music promoter Live Nation has joined forces with Dr. Jordan Peterson, the self-proclaimed “professor against political correctness,” for an unlikely tour of concert venues, including Denver’s Paramount Theater on Oct. 7 and Colorado Springs’ own Pikes Peak Center on Oct. 8.

Whether or not this constitutes another sign of the apocalypse has yet to be determined, but it does suggest that Peterson has completed his transition from obscure Canadian academic to motivational rock star.

For that, we can thank 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos, the controversial self-help book that came out of left field — well, right field, actually — earlier this year and has since found its way to the top of best-seller lists.

Like a contrarian Joseph Campbell, Peterson will be taking to concert stages to explain how mythology and psychology can help improve your life — unless, of course, you’re a radical feminist, environmentalist, postmodernist, or left-wing activist, in which case there’s no point in trying.

Meanwhile, for those who’ve always wanted to spend 143 minutes listening to Jordan Peterson and Camille Paglia talk about why men need to take back the right to be respected as men, plus other matters of importance, this is your lucky day. Happy viewing.

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