Headwaters Poetry Reading Series

sqaure Reading SeriesThe Headwaters Poetry Festival and the Gunnison Arts Center present the Reading Series of 2017! Local and visiting writers, poets, story tellers and musicians celebrate with the community, the written and spoken/sung word. All ages welcome! GAC Black Box Theatre. Full bar available.
Tickets: $10 / WSCU & GHS Students $5.

June 16th.
Doors 6, Readings 6:30 pm.

The next event in the Headwaters Poetry Festival Reading Series will take place at the Gunnison Arts Center on the evening of Friday, June 16th. The reading includes three gifted local writers, Len Germinara, Enid Holden, and Mark Todd.

The Poets:

Len Germinara is the author of 6 collections, most recently Of Course, I Could Be Wrong. Founder and Co-Host of Spoken Word Nantucket as well as Spoken Word Press, Len has been published in numerous anthologies and is the 2003 Cambridge Poetry Award winner for best narrative poem. He lives in Almont with his wife Dr. Sarah Oktay.

Enid Holden is a singer-songwriter, playwright, writer, lyricist and librettist, and holds degrees in Fine Arts, English, and the History of Art and Theatre. She is completing an MA in Genre Fiction in Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing and her libretto, “Lottie Silks,” has been set by composer Justus Perrotta and will be performed in a workshop setting at Writing the Rockies this summer, on Friday, July 21, In Quigley Hall. Before moving to Gunnison ten years ago, Enid served on the board of the Potomac Theatre in Maryland and was a member of a professional children’s theatre group. She became an alumna of Western after completing a BA in Music here in 2011. Enid was nominated for a WAMMY (Washington Area Music Association) award as a recording artist, making her debut with Siya Jika in 2009. Since then she has recorded a solo album and has written the book and lyrics for “Getting It Wright,” a musical comedy about the Wright Brothers. She founded the Gunnison Opera Study Group, a community initiative, and has sung with the Crested Butte Music Festival chorus.

Mark Todd, founder of Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, has been a Professor of English at Western since 1988. He currently teaches in the undergraduate creative writing program, and serves as Editor-in-Chief for Western Press Books. He has 25 years of professional journalism experience, having published hundreds of news stories, features, columns, and editorials in local through international markets. Mark has performed his poetry and given fiction readings across the country and in Europe. His books include two collections of poetry, Wire Song (Conundrum, 2001) and Tamped, But Loose Enough to Breathe (Ghost Road, 2008). He is author of the science fiction novel Strange Attractors (Write in the Thick, 2012) and co-author with wife Kym O’Connell-Todd of the paranormal comedy/fantasy trilogy The Silverville Saga: The Silverville Swindle (Ghost Road, 2006), which was reissued as Little Greed Men (Raspberry Creek, 2011); All Plucked Up (Raspberry Creek, 2012); and The Magicke Outhouse (Raspberry Creek, 2013). All were nominated for Colorado Book Awards and Little Greed Men was also nominated for the Colorado Blue Spruce Award. Their latest book is Wild West Ghosts (Raspberry Creek, 2015), a creative nonfiction book about hauntings in frontier mining towns of the Rocky Mountains.

Get tickets for June HERE.

The mission of the Headwaters Poetry Festival and the Reading Series is to connect local audiences with strong local and regional creative writers in all genres, through readings, workshops, lectures, discussions and more. In collaboration with the Gunnison Arts Center and other local groups, the Festival holds an annual festival and several readings throughout the year. Previous local readers and presenters have included Kelsey Bennett, Maryo Ewell, Sandy Fails, Karen Hausdoerffer, Elizabyth Hiscox, Alissa Johnson, Douglas Jones, Corrie Knapp, John Nelson, Polly Oberossler, Arvin Ram, Shelley Read, David J. Rothman, Chris Rourke, George Sibley, Mark Todd, Toni Todd, Alan Wartes, and the WordHorde poetry performance group from Western, along with student writers at Western who have published in Pathfinder. Visiting writers have included Bruce Berger, Kiersten Bridger, JD Frey, Art Goodtimes, Jennifer Hancock, Kyle Harvey, John Nizalowski, Danny Rosen, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, and Wendy Videlock.