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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3RD
Craig Childs (literary) | 7pm

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ABOUT CRAIG CHILDS — Craig Childs has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including The Secret Knowledge of Water and his most recent, Atlas of a Lost World. He has won the Orion Book Award and has twice won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, the Galen Rowell Art of Adventure Award, and the Spirit of the West Award for his body of work. He is a contributing editor at Adventure Journal Quarterly and his work has appeared in the Atlantic, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. He lives in southwest Colorado.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4th & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH
The Jack Mueller Poetry Festival

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ABOUT THE JACK MUELLER POETRY FESTIVAL — In honor of Jack Mueller, the festival will celebrate the publication of two new Lithic Press books, Anonymous Landscape by Yuko Otomo and On Valencia Street by Jack Micheline (edited by Tate Swindell, with an introduction by Eric Mingus), and will offer readings, workshops, open mics, and a film screening (Portolano: A Film About Jack Mueller).

SCHEDULE:

Friday, October 4th

7pm • Yuko Otomo, Steve Dalachinsky, Neeli Cherkovski & Art Goodtimes (reading)

Saturday, October 5th

10:30am-12:00pm • Workshop
12:00pm-1pm • Lunch Break
1pm-2pm • Amor Amoris Fati: A Talk on the Poetics of Jack Mueller by David Rothman
2pm-3:15pm
• Portolano: A Film About Jack Mueller
3:15pm-5:00pm • The Moving Medium: An Exploration with Wendy Videlock (workshop)
7pm • Tate Swindell, Eric Mingus, Kyle Schlesinger & Wendy Videlock (reading)
8:30pm • Poetry Open Mic


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4TH

7pm – Yuko Otomo*, Steve Dalachinsky*, Neeli Cherkovski, Art Goodtimes, Laurie James & Tahirih BochmannYukoSteveNeeliArt *Danny and Kyle met Steve Dalachinsky and Yuko Otomo about a year and a half ago in North Beach at Jack’s memorial celebration. I asked Yuko if she had a manuscript and would like to do a book with us. Anonymous Landscape is the result! Over the past year we’ve been in touch frequently as we worked on her book and then as we planned for them to visit the Lith where they were to read as part of our 2nd Jack Mueller Poetry Festival. After reading at the Islip Art Museum on Long Island on September 14th, Steve had a massive stroke and passed away the next day. Our thoughts are with Yuko.

ABOUT YUKO OTOMO — Yuko Otomo is a visual artist & a bilingual poet/writer of Japanese origin. She writes poetry; haiku; art criticism; travelogues & essays. Her publications include Garden: Selected Haiku (Beehive Press), Genesis (Sisyphus Press), Small Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Hand of The Poet (UDP), STUDY & Other Poems on Art (UDP), Elements (Feral Press), KOAN (New Feral Press) & FROZEN HEATWAVE: a poetry collaboration project with Steve Dalachinksy (Luna Bisonte Prods). She lives in New York City.

ABOUT STEVE DALACHINSKY — Steve Dalachinsky is a New York downtown poet, active in the music, art, and free jazz scene. He has written poetry for most of his life and has read frequently at Michael Dorf’s club the Knitting Factory, the Poetry Project and the Vision Festival, an Avant-jazz festival held annually on the Lower East Side of New York City. Dalachinsky has also read his works in Japan, France and Germany. He has collaborated with many musicians, writing liner notes for artists: William Parker, Susie Ibarra, Matthew Shipp, Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Jim O’Rourke and Mat Maneri. Dalachinsky has authored numerous books including a compendium of poetry written while listening to saxophonist Charles Gayle perform throughout New York City, and a collection of poems which focused on his time as a superintendent at an apartment building in Soho. Along with pianist Matthew Shipp, he co-authored the book Logos and Language: A Post-Jazz Metaphorical Dialogue and collaborated with French photographer Jacques Bisceglia on Reaching Into The Unknown. His spoken word albums include Incomplete Directions and a collaboration with Shipp on the album Phenomena of Interference. Dalachinsky’s works have also appeared in several journals and anthologies as well. He is a 2014 recipient of a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, received the Franz Kafka Prize, Acker Award, PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award and was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife, painter and poet Yuko Otomo.

ABOUT NEELI CHERKOVSKI — Neeli Cherkovski is the author of many books of poetry, including Elegy For My Beat Generation (2018), From the Canyon Outward (2009), and The Crow and I (2015). He was the coeditor of Anthology of L.A. Poets (with Charles Bukowski) and Cross-Strokes: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Cherkovski also wrote biographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Charles Bukowski, as well as the critical memoir Whitman’s Wild Children (1988). His papers are held at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. He has lived in San Francisco since 1974.

ABOUT ART GOODTIMES —Poet, weekly newspaper columnist, and Rainbow Family elder, Art Goodtimes of Norwood weaves non-traditional coil baskets, grows organic heirloom potatoes and retired two years ago after completing his fifth term Colorado’s only Green Party county commissioner. Poet-in-residence of the Telluride Mushroom Festival since 1981, founder and director of various Talking Gourds poetry events since 1989 (www.tellurideinstitute.org/talking-gourds), poetry editor for the national mycological magazine Fungi(fungimag.com) and co-editor of an on-line poetry zine, Sage Green Journal (sagegreenjournal.org), Art served as the first Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope (2011-13) and his most recent book is Dancing on Edge: the McRedeye Poems (Lithic Press, 2019)

ABOUT LAURIE JAMES — Laurie James lives on a hill of sand with a pocket gopher, eighteen salamanders, and herds of well-fed birds. She can be found in Salida, picking up twigs on the edge of eternity. She’s performed with The River City Nomads for many years, and co-founded Sparrows, the Salida Poetry Festival.

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.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH

10am – A Conversation On Poetics with Neeli Cherkovski & Friends

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Join Neeli Cherkovski & Friends for a conversation on poetics!

ABOUT NEELI CHERKOVSKI — Neeli Cherkovski is the author of many books of poetry, including Elegy For My Beat Generation (2018), From the Canyon Outward (2009), and The Crow and I (2015). He was the coeditor of Anthology of L.A. Poets (with Charles Bukowski) and Cross-Strokes: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Cherkovski also wrote biographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Charles Bukowski, as well as the critical memoir Whitman’s Wild Children (1988). His papers are held at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. He has lived in San Francisco since 1974.

11:30-1:00pm – LUNCH BREAK

1:00 – Amor Amoris Fati: A Talk on the Poetics of Jack Mueller by David Rothman

ABOUT DAVID ROTHMAN — David J. Rothman is the president and CEO for the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. He is the author of My Brother’s Keeper (Lithic Press, 2019), Belle Turnbull: On the Life & Work of an American Master (co-edited with Jeffrey Villines, Pleiades, 2017), The Book of Catapults (White Violet Press) and Part of the Darkness (Entasis Press). His poems, essays and scholarly work have appeared widely, in journals including Agni, Appalachia, Atlantic Monthly, Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, Mountain Gazette, New Criterion, Poetry, Sewanee Review, Threepenny Review and scores of other newspapers, journals and books. In 2018 he won a Pushcart Prize for the poem “Kernels,” which originally appeared in The New Criterion. He co-founded the Crested Butte Music Festival, was the founding Publisher and Editor of Conundrum Press, and served as Resident Poet with Colorado Public Radio and as Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope.

2pm – Portolano: A Film About Jack Mueller

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Directed by Kyle Harvey
Documentary / 53 min
Fall 2018

ABOUT PORTOLANO: A FILM ABOUT JACK MUELLER — Portolano weaves together interviews with literary icons such as Neeli Cherkovski and Jack Hirschman, archival photographs, audio recordings and ephemera of the legendary North Beach, San Francisco scene of the 70’s and 80’s to create a vibrant, poetic portrait of Jack Mueller. Mueller was a poet, educator, organizer, ocean sailor, mountain climber and cultural leader in the arts. In the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Mueller gained a reputation among the post-Beat poets in the Bay Area literary scene with his readings and cultural performances. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, renowned poet and co-founder of the landmark City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, said, “Jack Mueller is the biggest-hearted poet I have ever known.”

ABOUT KYLE HARVEY — Kyle Harvey is a poet, filmmaker, artist and musician. He is the author of the poetry collection, Hyacinth, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and a winner of the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in A Dozen Nothing, American Life in Poetry, Dirty Chai, Dream Pop, Empty Mirror, Entropy, Heavy Feather Review, HOUSEGUEST, Metatron, Pilgrimage, Pith, Poems-For-All, SHAMPOO, Think Journal, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and elsewhere. He has published two serial poems, July and Farewell Materials (Lithic Press), as well as a package of broadsides titled The Alphabet’s Book of Colors (Reality Beach). Harvey is now at work on a film about Neeli Cherkovski titled It’s Nice To Be With You Always. He lives with his wife and children in Fruita, Colorado, where he designs books for Lithic Press and manages Lithic Bookstore & Gallery.

3:15pm – The Moving Medium: An Exploration with Wendy Videlock (workshop)

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ABOUT THE MOVING MEDIUM — William Blake tells us, “In this universe there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors”.  In this class Wendy will guide you through a series of landscapes and random doors designed to emphasize and cultivate your sense of ambiguity, the spirit of poetic inquiry, and the heart of your creativity. There will be scribbling and doodling and discussion.  Bring an old notebook and a pen or pencil. All other materials and mediums provided.

ABOUT WENDY VIDELOCK — Wendy Videlock’s poems have appeared widely, most notably in Poetry, Hudson Review, Rattle, The New Criterion, Poetry Review (UK), and The New York Times. She is the author of the chapbook What’s That Supposed to Mean (Exot Books), and three full-length collections including Nevertheless (Able Muse Press 2011, a finalist for the 2012 Colorado Book Award in poetry) and The Dark Gnu (Able Muse Press 2013), the latter a book for “children of all ages.” Her newest book, the satirical Slingshots and Love Plums, also appears from Able Muse Press. Wendy is a visual artist who often works in alcohol inks, and her work has been shown in several Colorado galleries. She lives with her husband in western Colorado.

5:00pm – DINNER BREAK

7pm – Tate Swindell, Eric Mingus, Kyle Schlesinger & Wendy Videlock followed by an Open Reading

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ABOUT TATE SWINDELL — Archivist, Poet and Photographer, Tate Swindell is the founder of Unrequited Records, which specializes in poetry records released on the vinyl format. The latest release was an album of rare Gregory Corso readings from the late 1970s that included previously unpublished poems. In addition to an album of rare Bob Kaufman recordings due out in 2020, he recently edited On Valencia Street: Poems & Ephemera by Jack Micheline (Lithic Press 2019), and co-edited the Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman for City Lights Books(City Lights 2019). Tate, and his brother Todd, worked extensively on the Harold Norse archives, which were donated to the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley. He is currently writing a memoir about his experiences as a pioneer in the San Francisco medical cannabis movement. His previous collections of writings include Palpitations, The Creation of Deadlines and Fotopomes.

ABOUT ERIC MINGUS — Eric Mingus is a bit of a polymath when it comes to his music. Trained classically as a vocalist, he sings the blues like nobody’s business, improvises with the best of them, and plays a fierce bass. Creates worlds with his words whether he speaks or sings. When famed producer Hal Willner needs that special moment in his multi artist shows, he calls Eric. Hubert Sumlin loved the way Eric brought “soul” to the blues. When Elliott Sharp wanted a vocalist for his project Terraplane, he knew Eric was the right voice to bring the contemporary blues to his musical vision. Eric has a unique sensibility when bringing music to film, and has scored two documentaries on boxing for ESPN. His passion to write and perform poetry was encouraged by the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Micheline and Lou Reed. Timeout.com describes Mingus as, “…operatic, unhinged, punk and terrifying…”

ABOUT KYLE SCHLESINGER — Kyle Schlesinger was born in Providence in 1976. He studied poetry and pedagogy at Goddard College, and went on to study poetics with Robert Creeley at the University at Buffalo, where he earned his doctorate in 2005. The author of over twenty books of poetry and criticism, Schlesinger currently lives in Austin, where he runs Cuneiform Press and directs the Graduate Program in Publishing at UHV. His collection, A New Kind of Country, is forthcoming from Chax Press early in 2020.

ABOUT WENDY VIDELOCK — Wendy Videlock’s poems have appeared widely, most notably in Poetry, Hudson Review, Rattle, The New Criterion, Poetry Review (UK), and The New York Times. She is the author of the chapbook What’s That Supposed to Mean (Exot Books), and three full-length collections including Nevertheless (Able Muse Press 2011, a finalist for the 2012 Colorado Book Award in poetry) and The Dark Gnu (Able Muse Press 2013), the latter a book for “children of all ages.” Her newest book, the satirical Slingshots and Love Plums, also appears from Able Muse Press. Wendy is a visual artist who often works in alcohol inks, and her work has been shown in several Colorado galleries. She lives with her husband in western Colorado.

For those planning to attend here is some general information about Fruita, Colorado…

Fruita is the gateway to canyon country. The entrance to Colorado National Monument is just a few miles south of town. The Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles, all complete with cellphone coverage. Just to the west of the Monument are the Devil’s Canyon and Pollack Canyon trailheads, as well as the Fruita Paleontology Site, which are all wonderful places to mosey, wander or hike.

For those whose backs, legs and lungs have not yet given out, Fruita has become known as a mecca for mountain biking. Amazing trails abound for the novice and the expert. There are two friendly full-service bike shops just down the street from the bookstore ready to help get you on your way.

 Some possibilities for lodging:

Hotels:

Comfort Inn   (970) 858-1333

Super 8   (970) 858-0808

Balanced Rock   (970) 858-7333

La Quinta   (970) 858-8850

Campgrounds:

Colorado River State Park   (970)434-3388

North Fruita Desert BLM Campground   (970) 244-3000

Colorado National Monument   (970 )858-3617

Monument RV Park (970) 858-4405

Vacation Home Rentals:

Fruita Crash Pad   (970)309-0253

For a full schedule please click here!


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11TH
Gerry Roach presents Colorado Thirteeners 7pm (mountaineering/outdoor/adventure) 

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ABOUT GERRY ROACH — In more than 50 years of mountaineering, Gerry Roach has climbed in dozens of states and countries, including 12 Alaskan expeditions, 10 Andean expeditions, and 7 Himalayan expeditions. After climbing Mt. Everest, he became the second person to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents. Closer to home, Roach has climbed more than 1,200 named peaks in Colorado, including all the fourteeners, which he completed for the first time in 1975. Roach lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and climbing partner, Jennifer Roach.

ABOUT COLORADO THIRTEENERS — Colorado Thirteeners is an indispensable guide for both experienced and causal climbers interested in the “Centennial Thirteeners”
Although climbing Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks has become increasingly popular in recent years for both state natives and visitors, many of the best climbs in the state are actually 13,000-foot peaks. With an even mix of hikes, scrambles, and climbs, as well as an average of almost four routes per peak, there is something for everyone in Colorado’s Thirteeners. This book includes accurate and user-friendly information on 59 major peaks in six mountain ranges; 202 routes on the major peaks; 71 routes on 71 additional peaks; 96 trailheads with detailed driving directions; distance, elevation gain, difficulty scale and effort rating for each route; and full-color, annotated illustrations.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH
David Lloyd 7pm (rock climbing/
bouldering/outdoor/adventure) 

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ABOUT DAVID LLOYD — David Lloyd has been exploring new bouldering areas and climbing first ascents in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah for over a dozen years. He’s the author of two guidebooks, Bouldering in the Wind River Range and Old School Bouldering Topos. Through bouldering and meditation he found a new way of experiencing the world explained in a third book titled, The Day I Became a Floating Bubble of Awareness.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24TH
Robert Cooperman Book Luanch with Frank H. Coons
7pm (poetry)

ABOUT ROBERT COOPERMAN — Born and raised on the not so mean streets of Brooklyn, New York, Robert Cooperman now calls Denver home, where he has turned his love of the Old West into a cottage industry of poetry collections about the Colorado Territory and other aspects of frontier life. The Devil Who Raised Me (the origin story of Cooperman’s hyper-violent alter ego, the badman John Sprockett) is Robert Cooperman’s twentieth collection and tells how a nice kid turned into a stone killer. In the Colorado Gold Fever Mountains won the Colorado Book Award for Poetry. Closer to Cooperman’s Brooklyn origins, My Shtetl won the Holland Award from Logan House Press. Cooperman’s most recent collections are Their Wars (about his parents’ travails at Fort Bragg at the end of WWII), brought out by Kelsay Books, and That Summer, published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company, about Cooperman’s European wanderings in the summer of 1970. Cooperman’s chapbook/love letter to the Grateful Dead, Saved by the Dead, was published by Liquid Light Press.

ABOUT FRANK H. COONS — Frank H. Coons is a veterinarian and poet in Grand Junction, Colorado. His work has appeared in The Eleventh Muse, Fruita Pulp, Malpais Review, The Santa Fe Literary Review, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize in 2011 and 2014. His most recent collection, Counting In Dog Years, was published by Lithic Press and his first collection of poems, Finding Cassiopeia, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. He lives with his wife, Teresa, and two dogs.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25TH
Danny Rosen Rolls Across Country
7pm (travel/rock climbing/adventure) 

ABOUT DANNY ROSEN — Danny started Lithic Press in 2008 and opened Lithic Bookstore and Gallery in 2015, in Fruita, Colorado. He has worked in geology, astronomy, construction, and education. From 1995 to 2014, he gave astronomy presentations in schools throughout western Colorado in the portable Western Sky Planetarium. Part of each year between 2003 and 2008 he ran an astronomical observatory in Namibia in southern Africa. In a previous life, he was a climber. His full length collection, Primate Poems, was published in 2016.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND
The Rock Canyon Poets featuring Paul Francis and Darin Whittaker, as well as the Grand Valley’s own Luis Lopez and Tammy Bendetti
7pm (poetry

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Join us for Utah’s Rock Canyon Poets, as well as the Grand Valley’s own Luis Lopez and Tammy Bendetti!

ABOUT PAUL FRANCIS — Paul comes from a perfect happy place where goat meat is plentiful. He does things, alone with others. He was born in a basin, separated by water. He studied, then went abroad to forget. He joined the Army, never saw war
and became a pacifist. He practiced with a bow to hunt, and never drew again. He spent years on teeth, only to work on gums. He reads religiously, and writes sinfully. His entire aim in life is to have fun seriously.

ABOUT DARIN WHITTAKER — Darin Whittaker (also known as Father Sluggo) is a former musician turned poet after the music thing didn’t quite work. What he lacks in literary training and formal education he makes up for with enthusiasm and a love for writing. He has lived in Utah County for the last 20 years and can be seen almost daily at a local coffee shop where he spends time growing his beard, smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee, writing, and discussing important things with his friends. Almost in that order, and always with a song in his head.

ABOUT LUIS LOPEZ — L. Luis Lopez is a professor emeritus from Colorado Mesa University. He is the author of four books of poetry, Musings of a Barrio Sack Boy, A Painting of Sand, Each Month I Sing and Andromeda to Vulpecula: 88 Constellation Poems. He is the winner of the American Book Award, as well as the Writers Digest Award, and has been published in numerous literary magazines.

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.

 

 


Lithic Bookstore & Gallery
138 S. Park Square #202
Fruita, CO 81521
(970) 858-3636