Headwaters Reading Series

The Headwaters Poetry Festival and the Gunnison Arts Center present the reading series of 2018! Local and visiting writers, poets, story tellers and musicians celebrate with the community, the written and spoken/sung word. Black Box Theatre. Full bar available.
Doors open at 6 pm and readings begin at 6:30 pm.

February Reading Event
Friday, February 23rd. 6:30 pm.

The next reading includes visiting fiction writer Rhonda Claridge from Telluride, along with readings and a discussion of journalism in the Gunnison Valley by Mark Reaman, editor of The Crested Butte News, and Will Shoemaker, editor of The Gunnison Country Times who will discuss “Real News, Fake News and Local News: Journalism in Rural America.”

Entry: $10/general admission, $5/students.

Rhonda Claridge was born and grew up in Nassau, The Bahamas. She has a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has published creative non-fiction, fiction, and journalism in Brick, A Literary Journal; Nimrod International; Phoebe; The Denver Post; West Branch; E/The Environmental Magazine; and other publications. Most recently, her short story “In the Distant Waters Land” was published in WomanSpeak, A Journal of Writing and Art by Caribbean Women. She teaches English at the Colorado Mesa University-Montrose Campus and lives in the mountains near Telluride, Colorado.

Mark Reaman has worked at or owned most of the newspapers in the north end of the valley for the last 30+ years. He has been a writer, photographer and editor at the Crested Butte Chronicle & Pilot, the Crested Butte Standard, the Crested Butte Weekly and the CB News. He is (unfortunately) younger than he looks and slower than he used to be on both mountain bikes and skis.

Will Shoemaker took the advice of another newspaper editor, Horace Greeley, in 2002 by moving west from the Indiana farm country where he was raised. He began reporting for the Gunnison Country Times in 2005 and has served as the publication’s editor since 2011. Will also previously worked as a photographer and writer for Brighton, Colorado-based MetroWest Newspapers and has contributed on occasion to Colorado Central Magazine.