Literary Arts Programs

The Gunnison Arts Center Literary Arts Program is for readers, writers, poets and lovers of books! Our program offers a variety of classes, poetry readings and book talks to choose from year-round. Students of all levels will find something to enjoy.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
The Gunnison Arts Center will issue a full refund for the price of class or workshop registration, minus a $5 administration fee, until the class has begun and will only issue Gunnison Arts Center credit after the class has begun. The Gunnison Arts Center will not issue refunds for event tickets under any circumstances.

All classes have a minimum enrollment of 4 students unless otherwise noted. If the minimum is not met the decision to cancel a class will be made. Some classes have limited enrollment. Students are considered registered only after full payment for the class has been received. GAC active members will receive a 15% discount on class tuition.

Gunnison Valley Literary Arts

Gunnison Valley Poetry Readings
Friday, February 22, & Saturday, April 13.
Doors 6:00, Readings begin at 6:30 pm.

The Gunnison Valley Poetry Festival and the Gunnison Arts Center present the reading series of 2019! Local and visiting writers, poets, story tellers and musicians celebrate with the community, the written and spoken/sung word. Check back in for more information on upcoming featured readers. Black Box Theatre. Full bar available.
$10/general admission, $5/students.

February Poetry Reading, purchase tickets HERE.
April Poetry Reading, purchase tickets HERE.

Murder & Mystery in the Gunnison Valley
Saturday, February 23. 1:00 – 2:00 pm.
Join us for a lively and absorbing discussion on murder, mystery and intrigue in the Gunnison Valley with County Coroner, Michael Barnes, Gunnison County Sheriff, John Gallowich, and local historian, Duane Vandenbusche. Learn about the gunfights, disappearances, mysteries and gruesome bloodshed dating back to the first settlers, up to contemporary criminal cases. Chaired by Director of Western’s MFA program in Creative Writing, Mark Todd.
In partnership with the Crested Butte Center for the Arts. Black Box Theatre. Full bar available.
$10/general admission, $5/students.

Purchase tickets HERE.

For Murder in the Mountains Mini Noir Festival schedule, click HERE.
To purchase a Full Festival Pass, click HERE.

GAC Book Talk Group:
September 2018 – June 2019

The ‘Book Talk’ group meets September through June. The book list is compiled from members’ input and discussions take place monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at the GAC. all lovers of books are welcome to join the discussion each month.


January 3: Less by Andrew Sean Greer.
February 7: The Hare with Amber Eyes: a hidden inheritance by Edmund de Waal.
March 7: Sapiens: a brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.
April 4: The Dog of the South by Charles Portis.
May 2: Coyote America: a natural and supernatural history by Dan Flores.