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.



April Reading Event
Saturday, April 7. 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 Saturday, April 7. The reading includes visiting fiction writer TJ Gerlach from Grand Junction, who teaches creative writing at Mesa State University, along with local authors Kym O’Connell-Todd and Jeff Taylor, who serves as the Grosland Director in Western’s Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization (MGES).

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












TJ Gerlach teaches at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Utah and went on to earn his PhD from the University of Denver. His work has appeared in Fiction Southeast, Literal Latte, Mid-American Review, Press, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Shark Reef and The Wisconsin Review among others. His academic interests include creative writing, narrative theory, Modernism, Postmodernism and the history of the novel.












Jeff Taylor traveled to Hungary in 1990 to be part of the first Peace Corps contingent to serve in Europe. He also earned his MA and PhD in History from the Central European University. While in Budapest he wrote and directed plays, including Artifice, which was performed in Budapest in 2002-2003 and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004. Since then he’s been writing mostly academic works. His first book was a history of the Hungarian Art Market, and most recently with Routledge he published Visual Arts Management, a comprehensive textbook to the art business. He currently serves as the Grosland Director in the Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization (MGES) at Western State Colorado University.















Kym O’Connell-Todd is a novelist, journalist, and graphic designer who has worked for organizations as large as NBC Internet and Lycos Headline News, and as local as the Gunnison Country News, where she served for a number of years as features editor. She was also a staffer and editor for the Gunnison Valley Telegraph newspaper as well as the regional magazine Connecting with Colorado, and she covered for the world press the Teton Sioux Treaty Council’s bid for sovereignty before the World Court in the Hague, Netherlands. Kym co-authored, with her husband Mark Todd, The Silverville Saga fantasy trilogy, and each of the three novels was nominated for the Colorado Book Award, and one for the Colorado Blue Spruce Award. She has also co-authored a nonfiction book on haunted hotels. She designs author book covers and also works as a designer, writer, and copyeditor for the world’s largest RV tour business.