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Thunder River Theater Company hosts the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival

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Poetry Everywhere! is the theme of the third annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival. Hosted by the Thunder River Theater Company in honor of the life of Karen Chamberlain, the festival will be held March 29 through 31, 2013 at the TRTC Theater, 7 Promenade, in Carbondale, Colorado. Award ceremonies will be held for the new Western Slope Poet Laureate and the Chamberlain Award for Lifetime Poetic Achievement to be awarded to poet Reg Saner.
Get into the poetic spirit with open mic sessions followed by poetry performances both Friday and Saturday evenings prior to the awards ceremonies. Performances on Sunday morning will be accompanied with continental breakfast to start the day in a poetic way, followed by a gourd circle led by Art Goodtimes. This year’s performers will include the current Western Slope Poet Laureate, Art Goodtimes, as well as the talented performance poet, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Trinity Lafey, Jared Smith, SETH, Uche Ogbuji, Kit Kalriess Muldoon, Roseanna Frechette, Eric and Jacob Walter, MD Friedman, David J. Rothman, Word Horde, Patrick Curry, Jimi Bernath, Bill Kight, Aaron Abeyta, Judyth Hill, Barbara Ford, Debbi Brody, Reg Saner, and Ellen Metrick.
Delve into the craft of writing poetry with your choice of twelve Saturday workshops:

Poetry from the Heart’s Far-Flung Places, with Uche Ogbuji
Contemporary Music and Poetry: Creative Connections, with Richard Kempa
Writing the Political Poem, with Debbi Brody
Collaborations: The Muse is Everywhere, with Stewart Warren
Forms of Repitition: Sesinas, Villanelles and Pantoums, with Airica Parker
Open Mic 101- From Both Sides of the List, with Kit Kalriess Muldoon
The Poem as Prayer: The Imagination in Observation Praying, with Aaron Abeyta
Loosening the Knot on the Robe: Exploring the Sacred and the Sexual with Rumi and Lenore Kandel, with Rosemerry Wahtola trimmer and Art Goodtimes
Flash Fiction & the Essence of Story, with Sandra Dorr
Postcard Poems, with Bill Knight
Stop Making Sense, with M.D. Friedman
• Judith Hill will present a workshop on using the present moment to give your poetry power.

The full festival cost is $65.00 and includes a choice of three workshops. Individual tickets are available at $10 each for Friday or Saturday evenings and $15.00 for workshop attendance. Open mic for Friday or Saturday is $10.00 per person, and Sunday continental breakfast and performances are $15.00.
Karen Chamberlain studied poetry with Ellen Bryant Voight, Heather McHugh, Michael Ryan, Galway Kinnell and Louis Simpson and earned her MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. She was the recipient of a Creative Fellowship in Poetry from the Colorado Council in 1989, and a 1993 Utah Exchange Program Award from Poets & Writers and the Poetry Society of America. Chamberlain’s poetry has been described as “visceral and vibrant” (Jody Cardamone), with “deeply felt imagery” that makes one feel “alive in the world” (Karen Glenn). Her poetry collection, Ephedra, reflects her unique relationship with nature during time spent in the Utah desert. She lost a battle with cancer on September 11, 2010. Join in the celebration of her life at the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival.


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