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. Hosted by Anne MacNaughton. $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. Hosted by Laurie James and Danny Rosen. Earthtribe Studio. $5 cover

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

Art Goodtimes, Nathan Brown, Molina Speaks, Andrea Moore 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 Colorado 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 Festival 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. 

Mark Irwin’s nine collections of poetry include A Passion According to Green (2017), American Urn: New & Selected Poems (1987- 2014), Tall If (2009), Bright Hunger (2004), and White City (2000). Recognition for his work includes The Nation / Discovery Award, two Colorado Book Awards, four Pushcart Prizes, the James Wright Poetry Award, and fellowships from the Fulbright, Lilly, NEA, and Wurlitzer Foundations. His collection of essays, Monster: Distortion, Abstraction, and Originality in Contemporary American Poetry, was published in 2017 by Peter Lang, New York. He is a professor in the PhD in Creative Writing & Literature Program at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles and Colorado. His poetry has been translated into several languages.

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. 

Maria Melendez Kelson writes crime fiction, short stories, magazine features, literary essays and poetry. Her mystery novel-in-progress won the inaugural Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award from Sisters in Crime. Her poetry and prose appear in Poetry magazine, Orion, Ms. magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, and numerous anthologies. Author of two poetry collections (as Maria Melendez) published by University of Arizona Press, her books have been finalists for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Colorado Book Award, and both received Honorable Mention at the International Latino Book Awards. 

Ariana Kramer is a freelance writer and poet based in Taos, New Mexico. She also works for SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest) and curates their National Poetry Month events in April. 

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.

A graduate of St. John's College and of the George Mason University MFA Program, Gary Worth Moody has worked as a forest fire fighter, a farrier, a cowboy, and building a town for coal miners in Siberia’s Kuzbass Region. His poems have appeared in myriad journals on both sides of the Atlantic, and in the anthologies, CABIN FEVER: POETS AT JOAQUIN MILLER'S CABIN, 1984-2001 (Word Works Press) and WEAVING THE TERRAIN (Dos Gatos Press). He is the author of HAZARDS OF GRACE (Red Mountain Press, 2012), OCCOQUAN (Red Mountain Press, 2015) shortlisted for the international Rubery Book Award in poetry. Gary’s 3rd manuscript, THE BURNINGS, is forthcoming in 2019 from 3: A Taos Press. He is currently in the final assembly of a 4thmanuscript entitled LOLITA, the BIRD, and the BLACK-TONGUED DOG. A falconer, Gary lives in Santa Fe with the artist and writer, Oriana Rodman, Handsome the Dachshund, Gus the Black-tongued Dog, and Plague, a male red-tail hawk. 

Andrea Moore is a social artist using writing, performance, and photography to foster connection and dialogue across social and cultural lines. She is also the Executive Director and Co-founder of a nonprofit organization called The Wayfaring Band, which creates travel opportunities for adults who experience cognitive and developmental disabilities, as well as neurotypical leadership fellows.

As a working artist, she explores themes of social and cultural belonging. She writes and performs original stories that reflect her personal experiences and travels near and far, and she speaks and teaches on the topics of arts integration, cross-cultural connection, inclusion, disability, and global citizenry.

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 poetry 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.