The Crestone Poetry Festival


February 21-24, 2019

Thursday Feb. 21

5:00 to 7:00 Registration, Crestone Charter School

6:00  to 7:00 Local Poets and Storytellers, hosted by Kelly Hosner

7:00 Featured Reading: Claudia Putnam, Juan Morales, Renee Gregorio, John Brandi. Crestone Charter School, $10

9:00-11:00 Poet's Party. Celtic Music with Nerea the Fiddler and Friends. The penning of a collective poem (also known as an exquisite corpse). Crestone Brewing Company. Hosted by Peter Anderson.

Friday February 22

1:00 to 3:00  Poetry Workshops. Hone your craft. Seek out the muse. Crestone Charter School. $15

4:00 to 5:30  Happy Hour and Open MIc. Refreshments. Earthtribe Studio. $5 cover

7:00 to 8:15 Featured Poets: Gary Worth Moody, Pam Uschuk, and William Pitt Root. Crestone Charter School. $10

9:00 to 11:00 Jazz and Poetry with Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer / open mic. Cloud Station. $5 cover

Saturday February 23

10:00 to 11:30  Coffee House

Coffee, Baked Goods, and an open mic.  at Crestone Charter School. $5 cover.

1:00 to 3:00 Poetry Workshops

Crestone Charter School . $15

4:00 to 5:30 Happy Hour and Open Mic. Refreshments. Earthtribe Studio. $5 cover

7:30-9:30 Poem-a-palooza. Poetry and Performance extravaganza with

Art Goodtimes, Nathan Brown, Molina Speaks and many other poets soon to be announced. $10

Sunday February 24

9-10 Breakfast and Book signings 

Pick up a book to travel with and get it signed. Burritos, baked goods, fruit, and coffee for sale Crestone Charter School Café.

10:00 to 12:00 “Talking Gourd Circle,” Crestone Charter School; Bring a poem to share . $5 donation.

Performing Poets and Workshop Leaders 

Aaron A. Abeyta is a Colorado native, professor of English, and the Mayor of Antonito, Colorado, his hometown. He is the author of four collections of poetry and one novel. For his book, colcha, Abeyta received an American Book Award and the Colorado Book Award. In addition, his novel, Rise, Do Not be Afraid, was a finalist for the 2007 Col- orado Book Award and El Premio Aztlan. Abeyta was awarded a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for poetry, and he is the former Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope, as named by the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival. Abeyta is also a recipient of a Governor’s Creative Leadership Award for 2017. 

Peter Anderson’s most recent books include Heading Home: Field Notes (Conundrum Press, 2017), a collection of flash prose and prose poems exploring rural life and the modern day eccentricities of the American West; Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015), an anthology of Grand Canyon poems edited with Rick Kempa, which was nominated for a Colorado Book Award; and First Church of the Higher Elevations (Conundrum Press, 2015), a collection of essays on wildness, mountain places, and the life of the spirit. Peter was the Bennett Fellow Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy for the 2015-16 school year. He lives with his family on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado. 


Nathan Brown is a songwriter, performer, and award-winning poet from Wimberley, Texas. He served as Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma in 2013/14. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD in English and Journalism (Creative and Professional Writing) from the University of Oklahoma but mostly travels now, performing readings and concerts as well as speaking and leading workshops in high schools, universities, and community organizations on creativity and creative writing.

He has published nineteen books 

Juliana Aragón Fatula’s, second book, Red Canyon Falling on Churches, winner of the High Plains Poetry Award 2016, and her debut poetry book, Crazy Chicana in Catholic City are published by Conundrum Press and her chapbook, The Road I Ride Bleeds, is published by Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press. She is a fifth generation Southern Colorado Native and a lifetime member of Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Foundation. She has been a writer in residence for Colorado Humanities’ Writers in the Schools Program since 2012. Her foremost focus is education and working with at-risk-youth. She teaches cultural diversity in her classrooms and believes in the power of education to change lives. Her murder mystery, The Colorado Sisters and the Atlanta Butcher, percolates daily in her head. This will be her first novel. 

When she was nineteen, Barbara Ford encountered a poem that jumped off the page and dropped her to her knees. It was the elegy ‘for jane’ by Charles Bukowski. She never forgot the experience of discovering that poetry could have breath and life. Some years later, the death of her beloved longtime correspondent CoCo drove Barbara into the arms of poetry for good. She has been reading and writing it ever since. Her book, Once Familiar, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016. 

Peggy Godfrey has been ranching in the high desert next to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado for decades. In this country "cowboy" is a verb. Since 1991 she has been performing for a wide variety of audiences. Composting disasters into poems and stories is her version of value-added agriculture.

Art Goodtimes, has been a community builder for a long time, not only as a former County Commissioner for San Miguel County but as a poet and writer. Art serves as the Master of Ceremonies and poet laureate of the Telluride Mushroom Festival. Additionally, Art is the Founder and Director of Talking Gourds. In 2010, he was named the first Western Slope Poet Laureate at the first annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Fes- tival in Carbondale. Art’s multitude of literary accomplishments also includes longtime journalist and editor for Telluride Watch and Cortez’s Four Corners Free Press, as well as poetry editor of several publications, including Fungi magazine, Mountain Gazette, Wild Earth, and more. 

Poet, artist, teacher, gardener and Bonpa Rachel Kellum lives at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountains with her partner and children. A Pushcart Prize nominee and NFSPS award winning poet, her poetry has been featured in several online journals and print collections. Kellum earned a BFA in Art from Millikin University and an MA in English from Colorado State University. She leads writing workshops, performs her poetry around Colorado and blogs at Her first book, ah, published by Liquid Light Press, was released in 2012. 

Anne MacNaughton is a poet, author and artist based in Northern New Mexico. Co-Founder of S.O.M.O.S. and director of the long-running Taos Poetry Circus, she teaches writing and coaches recitation and performance around the Southwest. Her easygoing voice has been described as reminiscent of Mary Oliver’s. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The Notebook, Minerva Rising, The Best American Poetry, The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, Thus Spake the Corpse, and In Company: An Anthology of New Mexico Poets After 1960. Her essays on poetry are included in Spoken Word Revolution and Poetry Flash. Editor of The Nineties: The Best Poetry and Photos of the Taos Poetry Circus, 1990-1999 and Wordworks, she is also a recipient of the New Mexico Literary Association’s Gratitude Award.

Maria Melendez Kelson teaches literature and writing at Pueblo Community College in Pueblo, Colorado. Her poetry collections include How Long She'll Last in This World (University of Arizona Press, 2006) and Flexible Bones (University of Arizona Press, 2010).

Juan J. Morales is the author of three poetry collections, including The Siren World and The Handyman’s Guide to End Times (forthcoming UNM Press, 2018). His po- etry has appeared in Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pank, Pleiades,, Zone 3, and others. He is also a CantoMundo Fellow, Editor/Publisher of Pilgrimage Press, and Department Chair of English & Foreign Languages at CSU-Pueblo. 

Danny Rosen founded and runs the Lithic Press. His second chapbook, Ghosts of Giant Kudu, was published in May 2013 by Kattywompus Press. His poems have appeared most recently in Pilgrimage, San Pedro River Review, Comstock Review, Fruita Pulp, Malpais Reveiw and elsewhere. He lives among dogs in the desert of western Colorado. 

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer was Colorado’s Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015- 17). She also served two terms as San Miguel County’s first poet laureate (2006-2010). She has authored and edited thirteen books, including, Even Now: Poems & Drawings; Holding Three Things at Once, finalist for the Colorado Book Award, If You Listen, winner of the Colorado Independent Press Assoc. poetry award. She has appeared in many anthologies including An Elevated View: Colorado Writers on Writing, Poems of Awakening, and Red Thread, Gold Thread: The Poet’s Voice. Her work has been heard on A Prairie Home Companion, and has appeared in O Magazine, on back alley fences, on rocks she leaves around town, and in dozens of literary journals including Rattle, Clover and Spectrum. 

Wendy Videlock is the author of the chapbook What’s That Supposed to Mean(2010) and the full-length collections Slingshots and Love Plums (2016), The Dark Gnu and Other Poems (2013) and Nevertheless (2011). Known for poems that evoke myth, fairy tale, and the natural world, Wendy has also received praise for her deft command of meter. In an interview with the Colorado Poets Center, Videlock noted that, for her, “the iamb is really just another of the many natural pulsings of the earth.” A regular contributor to Poetry, Videlock lives with her husband and children in western Colorado.