FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH
Labecca Jones | Alana Noel Voth | 7pm
ABOUT LABECCA JONES — Labecca Jones is a professor at CMU and her work has appeared in the Switchgrass Review, the Cimerron Review, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, among others. She will be reading from her full collection titled, Prison Town.
ABOUT ALANA NOEL VOTH — Alana Noel Voth’s fiction has appeared in several anthologies and journals, and her first book, Dog Men, is available from Civil Coping Mechanisms (http://copingmechanisms.net) and Lithic Bookstore & Gallery.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer | Tori Miner | 7pm
ABOUT ROSEMARY WAHTOLA TROMMER — Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer lives in southwest Colorado and is the author of eleven collections of poetry. Her poems have appeared in O Magazine, Rattle.com, TEDx, in back alleys, on A Prairie Home Companion, and on river rocks she leaves around town. She’s taught poetry for Think 360, Craig Hospital, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Weehawken Creative Arts, Camp Coca-Cola, meditation retreats, twelve-step recovery programs, hospice, and many other organizations. She’s won the Fischer Prize, Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge, the Dwell Press Solstice Prize, the Writer’s Studio Literary Contest, and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. As Colorado’s Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015–2017), she created and curates Heard of Poets, an interactive poetry map. She earned her MA in English Language & Linguistics at UW-Madison. Since 2006, she’s written a poem a day. One-word mantra: Adjust.
Her most recent collection of poems, Naked for Tea, was a finalist for the 2017 Able Muse Book Award.
ABOUT TORI MINER — Tori Miner lives in Fruita and does other things there, too. Midwest raised, she found her desert roots through the tread of her bike tires. Her freakish love of mountain biking led her to this community and she couldn’t be more grateful. She and her partner have rats, plants, and ambitions. Tori contributes monthly to the Fruita Zine Party collaborative (maga)zine and has recently written poems for a self-love coloring book she made with her friends/illustrators Devan Penniman and Frankie Crego.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH
A New Deal For Fruita | Zebulon Miracle | 7pm
ABOUT A NEW DEAL FOR FRUITA — Western Colorado is no stranger to monumental projects that were possible in cooperation with the federal government. In this casual talk, the history of Fruita will be examined through the lens of major projects including irrigation, the development of the Colorado National Monument, Depression-era resettlement programs, and the development of grazing lands.
ABOUT ZEBULON MIRACLE — Zebulon Miracle is the Curator for Gateway Canyons Resort in western Colorado where he oversees educational programming and operations of the Gateway Auto Museum. Zebulon graduated with degrees in history and anthropology from the University of Colorado and a Master’s of Arts Leadership and Management from Colorado State University. He served as Curator of Anthropology and Collections Manager at the Museums of Western Colorado before his current job. He has led groups to cultural sites all over the American Southwest, Mexico, and France. Volunteer work is a passion of his and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Canyons Association, MusicSpark, and is the Colorado State Chair for the American Association of State and Local History award committee. In the past, Miracle served on the boards of the Grand Junction Food Bank and the Grand Junction Historic Preservation Board.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH
Fruita Fourth Friday | Found Art Show Reception | 6pm-8pm
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6TH
Lithic Book Club Discussion | Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson | 7pm
ABOUT HOUSEKEEPING — A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck, and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town “chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere.” Ruth and Lucille’s struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.
ABOUT MARILYNNE ROBINSON — Marilynne Summers Robinson (born 1943) is an American novelist and essayist. During her writing career Robinson has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2005, the 2012 National Humanities Medal, and the 2016 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. In 2016 Robinson was named in Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people. Robinson began teaching at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1991 and retired in the spring of 2016. Robinson is best known for her novels Housekeeping (1980) and Gilead (2004). Her novels are noted for their thematic depiction of both rural life and faith. The subjects of her essays have spanned numerous topics, including the relationship between religion and science, nuclear pollution, John Calvin, and contemporary American politics.
Lithic Bookstore & Gallery
138 S. Park Square #202
Fruita, CO 81521