FRUITA: Tahirih Bochmann, Tori Miner, Kevin Carey & Max Toast

ABOUT TAHIRIH BOCHMANN — Tahirih Bochmann is from Fruita, CO, and is trying on the role of poet to see how it fits. She likes the feel of it so far.

ABOUT TORI MINER — Tori Miner is a writer who spends most of her time on a bike. Other than her relatively healthy obsession with pedaling and words, Tori is a barista at Bestslope coffee and a part time mountain bike guide/coach.

ABOUT KEVIN CAREY — Kevin Carey, born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, is the author of Eviscerare (Lithic Press 2017). He has a degree in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh; where he also attended graduate school studying Secondary Language Arts Instruction. One part factotum, one part absurdist, he has performed as a cook, teacher, janitor, painter, stylist, style columnist and amateur videographer. Currently, he is performing a supporting role as construction site lackey.

ABOUT MAX TOAST — Maxwell Toast is receipt tape poet, a scribe of scrolls, an acrobat of mystery, gymnast of souls.

FRUITA: Terry Chase & John Coughran reading at Lithic Bookstore

ABOUT TERRY CHASE — Terry Chase knows about life’s challenges, having lived with a spinal cord injury for nearly three decades. As a professional Coach and Assistant Professor, Nursing at Colorado Mesa University, she also takes care of her mom, Paula. Terry loves all things outdoors: sea kayaking, cross-country skiing, handcycling, and whenever possible, riding horses.

ABOUT JOHN COUGHRAN — John Coughran is a musician, writer and ultra runner. His band, Threads, just released their debut album, Out Past Midnight. In his spare time, he keeps the fine residents of Fruita, CO safe.

FRUITA: Lithic Book Club Discussion: Coyote America by Dan Flores

The first book we will read is Coyote America by Dan Flores. Books will be available at Lithic in early January.

ABOUT COYOTE AMERICA — Legends don’t come close to capturing the incredible story of the coyote In the face of centuries of campaigns of annihilation employing gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn’t just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent from Alaska to New York. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won, hands-down. Coyote America is the illuminating five-million-year biography of this extraordinary animal, from its origins to its apotheosis. It is one of the great epics of our time.

ABOUT DAN FLORES — Dan Flores is a writer who lives in the Galisteo Valley outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is A. B. Hammond Professor Emeritus of Western History at the University of Montana-Missoula. Flores was born in Vivian in Caddo Parish in northwestern Louisiana and grew up in nearby Rodessa. During the 1970s, he received his MA in history from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and his Ph.D. in 1978 from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he studied under Professor Herbert H. Lang. He began his academic career at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where he taught from 1978 to 1992, spent a year at the University of Wyoming in 1986, and then relocated to the University of Montana, where he held the A.B. Hammond Chair in Western History from 1992 until he retired in May 2014.

FRUITA: Tammy Bendetti Book Launch For Poison In Small Doses

Join us in celebrating Tammy Bendetti’s new book, Poison In Small Doses, published by Lithic Press!

ABOUT TAMMY BENDETTI — Tammy Bendetti has published poems in Alyss, Bitopia, Calliope, Fiolet & Wing, Fire Poetry, Grand Valley Magazine, scissors & spackle, Sugared Water, Thank You for Swallowing, Yellow Chair Review and elsewhere. She writes and makes art from Colorado, where she lives with her partner, Corey, and their two little daughters. Corey denies the existence of narwhals. Please send help in the form of additional proof to @SkylarkLover,, or

FRUITA: Slam Duncan: A Reading & Discussion of Robert Duncan’s The Structure of Rime

Join us for the 2nd Annual Slam Duncan: A Reading & Discussion of Robert Duncan’s “The Structure of Rime”


The Structure of Rime is an extended discussion and demonstration of Duncan’s poetics, his principles of prosody, his belief in the open form, and in content unconstrained.

Poet Michael Palmer, a friend of Duncan’s from the early 1970s, writes that Duncan “challenged the myth of originality that had become deeply ingrained in the poets of his generation, while simultaneously, if paradoxically, asserting a particular originality of his own.”


Robert Duncan (1919-1988) was an American poet and a devotee of H.D. and the Western esoteric tradition. He spent most of his career in and around San Francisco. Though associated with any number of literary traditions and schools, Duncan is often identified with the poets of the New American Poetry and Black Mountain College. Duncan saw his work as emerging especially from the tradition of Pound, Williams and Lawrence. Duncan was a key figure in the San Francisco Renaissance.

FRUITA: Open Reading at Bestslope Coffee Company

Join us for an open reading at Bestslope Coffee Company!

Bring something to read… a couple poems, a short story, a monologue, the newspaper, etc!

Don’t be shy, no one will be listening anyway!