Wasn’t it JUST April? Where does the time go?
We have finally recovered from the end of National Poetry Month and our whirlwind week of readings.
We celebrated with Conundrum poets Juliana Aragón Fatula, J Diego Frey, former Denver Poet Laureate Chris Ransick, and Sigman Byrd, who shared their work with us at readings at Converge Denver, BookBar and Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe in Boulder.
On Sunday, April 26, we held a mini poetry crawl, starting at Converge with Fatula and Frey reading from their new releases, “Red Canyon Falling on Churches” and “The Year the Eggs Cracked,” respectively. Ransick joined us for a reading just two hours later at BookBar, where he read from “Lost Songs & Last Chances.” (Check out this recent article about Ransick and his book.)
Just a few days later, on Thursday, April 30, we closed out National Poetry Month at Innisfree. Byrd, a writing professor at CU-Boulder, kicked off the evening with selections from his Conundrum title “Wake Up, Sleepwalker,” published as part of the Rocky Mountain Poetry Series. He introduced us to the “Great Troublemaker,” one of the recurring voices in his book. Then, Frey and Fatula wrapped up the reading with witty and fiery works from their second collections of poetry.
Many, many thanks to our hosts: Linda and John Maikowski at Converge Denver, Nicole Sullivan at BookBar, and Kate Hunter and Brian Buckley at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe. A special thank you to everyone — friends, family, fellow writers, and poetry lovers — who came to hear our poets read and support local artists and publishing.