Cullen Purser giving a talk on the craftsman’s dilemma.
SATURDAY, MAY 4TH
Lithic Book Club Discussion: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (discussion) | 2pm
ABOUT H IS FOR HAWK — Helen Macdonald’s story of adopting and raising one of nature’s most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel’s temperament mirrors Helen’s own state of grief after her father’s death, and together raptor and human “discover the pain and beauty of being alive” (People). H Is for Hawk is a genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices.
ABOUT HELEN MACDONALD — Helen Macdonald was educated at Cambridge University.She was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge from 2004 to 2007. She is an Affiliated Research Scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. Macdonald has written and narrated radio programmes, and appeared in the BBC Four documentary series, Birds Britannia, in 2010. Her books include Shaler’s Fish (2001), Falcon (2006), and H is for Hawk (2014).
Macdonald won the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction for H is for Hawk. The book—which also became a Sunday Times best-seller—describes the year Macdonald spent after the death of her father Alisdair Macdonald, training a Northern goshawk named Mabel, and includes biographical material about the naturalist and writer T. H. White.
Macdonald also helped make the film “10 X Murmuration” with filmmaker Sarah Wood as part of a 2015 exhibition at the Brighton festival. In “H is for Hawk: a New Chapter”, part of BBC’s Natural World series in 2017, she trained a new goshawk chick.
FRIDAY, MAY 10TH
Charles Alexander & Danny Rosen
(poetry reading) | 7pm
ABOUT CHARLES ALEXANDER — Charles Alexander is an American poet, publisher, and book artist. He is the director and editor-in-chief of Chax Press, one of the only independent presses which specializes in innovative poetry and the book arts. Alexander also served as the Director of the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts from 1993 until 1995, and as book artist there through 1996. Alexander lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife the visual artist Cynthia Miller and his two daughters. He is the recipient of the 2006 Arizona Arts Award. Alexander’s books of poetry include Hopeful Buildings (Chax Press, 1990), arc of light | dark matter (Segue Books, 1992), Pushing Water: parts one through six (Standing Stones Press, Morris, MN, 1998), Pushing Water: part seven (Chax Press, Tucson), Four Ninety Eight to Seven (Meow Press, 1996), Etudes: D & D (Quarry Press, 1997), near or random acts (Singing Horse Press, 2004), and Certain Slants (Junction Press, 2007). He is also the editor of an important collection of essays on the book arts that emanated from the symposium Art & Language: Re-Reading the Book Arts, that he organized for Minnesota Center for the Book Arts in 1994. The book was titled Talking the Boundless Book. Alexander is an eclectic poet whose influences include b.p.nichol, Edward Dorn, Paul Metcalf, Hannah Weiner, Stan Brakhage, Ronald Johnson, and especially the Black Mountain poets Robert Duncan, Charles Olson, and Robert Creeley. Since 1997 he has been working on a long serial poem entitled Pushing Water which is still in process.
ABOUT DANNY ROSEN — Danny Rosen founded Lithic Press and Lithic Bookstore. He is the author of Primate Poems, Ghosts of Giant Kudu, and That Curve. His poems have appeared in Pilgrimage, San Pedro River Review, Comstock Review, Fruita Pulp, Malpais Reveiw and elsewhere. He lives among dogs in the desert of western Colorado.
THURSDAY, MAY 16TH
Rafael Jesús González & Art Goodtimes
(poetry reading) | 7pm
ABOUT RAFAEL JESUS GONZALEZ — Rafael Jesús González is Berkeley, California’s first poet laureate. He taught creative writing and poetry for Peralta Community College for 30 years. Rafael’s poetry is often reflective of his political activism, having demonstrated against the wars in Iraq, the Gulf, and Vietnam, and has been involved with the Farm Workers Movement and environmental activism.
ABOUT ART GOODTIMES — Poet, weekly newspaper columnist, and Rainbow Family elder, Art Goodtimes of Norwood weaves non-traditional coil baskets, grows 25+ varieties of organic heirloom potatoes and recently completed his fifth term in San Miguel County as Colorado’s only Green Party county commissioner. Poet-in-residence of the Telluride Mushroom Festival since 1981 (www.telluridemushroomfest.org), founder and director of various Talking Gourds poetry events since 1989(talkinggourds.weebly.com),
poetry editor for the national mycological magazine Fungi (www.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 Looking South to Lone Cone: the Cloud Acre Poems (Western Eye Press, 2013).
FRIDAY, MAY 17TH
Rod Martinez: The Best Grand Junction Hikes and the Making of a Colorado Mountain Club Pack Guide
(outdoor recreation/local and regional interest) | 7pm
Rod Martinez has always loved spending time outdoors. Over the years he has been able to combine his passion for hiking with his other passion of photography. In 2012 Rod took on the task of authoring The Best Grand Junction Hikes. The Best Telluride Hikes, The Best Aspen Hikes, The Best Moab and Arches National Park Hikes and finally The Best Canyonlands National Park Hikes followed. Since 2012 over 15,000 of the above hiking books authored by Rod have sold.
Rod will talk about his favorite hikes, his love of photography, and how these pack guides came together. The combined pack guides contain 100 different hikes, 100 photos and 100 maps. Rod will also talk about his interactions with the editors of The Colorado Mountain Club, to be sure every word is correct. Rod will also discuss how he was able to negotiate enhanced royalties on the different pack guides.
FRIDAY, MAY 24TH
Peter Anderson & Rick Kempa
(reading) | 7pm
ABOUT PETER ANDERSON — Almost thirty-five years ago, Peter Anderson began writing for a small town daily in a mountain town just east of the Continental Divide. He covered school board and town council meetings. He wrote features about trappers, circus people, rodeo clowns, miners, honky-tonk musicians, wildlife biologists, and late night ski hill groomers among others. After covering similar mountain town beats for the Pueblo Chieftain and the Denver Post, after writing several regional histories in Central Colorado, after writing and editing interpretive texts for state and national parks, after authoring a dozen children’s books on natural history and the American West, after editing several literary magazines, after teaching English at Salt Lake Community College and working as a backcountry ranger in the High Uinta Wilderness, after teaching writing at a Quaker seminary in Indiana and a small state college in southern Colorado, after writing a quirky bunch of essays on mountains and spirituality, and after ten years of performing in coffee houses, bars, libraries, colleges and other literary venues throughout Colorado with a gang of high country poets known as the River City Nomads, writing, for him, is still about making a home: in the high desert, in the world of ideas, and in the great mystery of it all.
Peter lives in Crestone, Colorado, an eccentric mountain town full of spiritual seekers, old hippies and neo-rastafarians, Buddhist monks, modem cowboys, retired bikers, former executives turned poets, ranchers, philosopher-plumbers, green-leaning realtors, artists, writers, and musicians. He loves the San Luis Valley as well as the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountains that shape it, and he likes to explore it all in an end-of-the-road column called Dispatches from the Edge, which he writes for Colorado Central Magazine.
From 2003-2009, Peter served as editor of Pilgrimage Magazine. From 2005-2008, he was the poetry editor for the Mountain Gazette, a widely read publication in the Rocky Mountain region. In 2009, he edited Telling it Real: The Best of Pilgrimage Magazine (2009; Pilgrimage Press), an anthology of poetry and nonfiction organized around the themes of story, place, spirit, and witness. In 2015, he co-edited (with Rick Kempa) an anthology of Grand Canyon poems called Going Down Grand (Lithic Press), which was nominated for a Colorado Book Award.
His most recent book, Heading Home: Field Notes (Conundrum Press; 2017), is a collection of short essays, flash prose, and prose poems, which Colorado novelist Laura Pritchett describes as offering “gorgeous meditations on traveling, the natural world, small towns, parenting, and…the cultural eccentricities of of the modern day west.” His collection of essays, First Church of the Higher Elevations (Denver; Conundrum Press; 2015) explores the ecology of story, spirituality, and landscape. His poems have appeared in various anthologies including New Poets of the American West (Many Voices Press) and Storied Wheels (Somos Publications).
Peter Anderson was the Bennett Fellow Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy for the 2015-16 school year. Currently, he teaches in the English department at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado and lives with his family on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Range.
ABOUT RICK KEMPA — I grew up on the South Side of Chicago where I enjoyed a lively, happy childhood. In 1972, when I was 16, my brother Steve and I hitchhiked to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, a transformative adventure that sealed my fate as a Westerner. From 1974 to 1979, I attended St. John’s College in Santa Fe. Later, after a several-year career as a professional hitchhiker and oddjobsman, I enrolled at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where I earned an MFA in Creative Writing in 1987.
I live in Rock Springs, Wyoming, where I have recently finished my thirtieth and final year of teaching at Western Wyoming College, and am now free to pursue my work as a writer and editor full time. I also lead creative writing workshops in the schools and community.
Backpacking is my passion. You can put me anywhere on the Colorado Plateau outside the range of ATVs and city lights, and I will be a happy camper. The same goes for Grand Teton National Park and all our parks and wildernesses.
The Grand Canyon, where I have been hiking since 1974, is my spiritual center of gravity, my place of utter well-being, and the stimulus for much of my creative energy as a writer and, more recently, as an editor. It was my good fortune to serve as Artist in Residence at the South Rim in the summer of 2010 and the North Rim in 2013.
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