Welcome and Registration

5:00 pm

Crestone Charter School

Say hi to your pals, grab your programs and settle in for a fabulous weekend of poetry. 



Crestone Charter School

Light dinner available at the Charter School so you can stay and enjoy the festivities.

Crestone Poets and Students Reading


Rainbow Hall,

Crestone Charter School

Hear from the Crestonians, the Crestoners, and those fiery young poets. Let the locals welcome you to the mountains with their verse. 

Evening Reading: Featuring Bobby LeFebre


Rainbow Hall,

Crestone Charter School

Featured reader and Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre.

The Welcome Party at the Pub


Crestone Brewing Company

Come and celebrate with music, libations, and an exquisite corpse extravaganza. 


All Day Workshops


Poet's Caravan

Join poet William Howell on a visit to several of Crestone’s many spiritual centers for a day of readings, writing, sharing and celebration. Includes lunch. Meet at Crestone Post Office at 10:00 AM with your own transportation. We’ll carpool. Bring writing materials. Limited to 12 participants.

Beyond Words

Join poet and artist Maureen Eich VanWalleghan for a workshop on illustrating your poetry.
Enjoy the fun of bringing poetry and visual art together (even if you consider yourself artistically challenged). 


Session 1: 10:00 to 11:30; Session 2: 2:00 to 3:30. Lunch on your own. 
Bring five completed poems. 
Materials provided:  magazines, glue, scissors, pens, paints, brushes, and paper.
Limited to 10 participants. Meeting place to be announced.


Half-Day Workshops


Writing Nada

Join poet Sharon Corcoran for an exploration of space, silence, and poetry at the Nada Carmelite Hermitage, a spectacular setting overlooking the San Luis Valley. An afternoon immersion for anyone who delights in the contemplative practice of poem making. All religious persuasions (or lack thereof) are welcome. Bring writing materials.

Flight from the Palm

In this Flight from the Palm workshop, join June Lucarotti CYT-200, MFA to dive into the chakras in a whole new way. The workshop includes krama vinyasa yoga flow & restorative yoga paired with creative writing exercises. Writing exercises will be prose, poetry, and hybrid forms. Participants will work their way from the root chakra up to the crown chakra, healing, creating, and sharing. Workshop available in Spanish & English.


Poem Circle


2nd Floor

Poetry Lounge,

Crestone Charter School

A lounge kind of reading circle. Bring three lines to share from your workshop, your day, your journey, your journal.  

Evening Reading


Rainbow Hall,

Crestone Charter School

Photographer Kit Hedman and poet Hilary DePolo explore the racial and cultural diversity of Morgan County, Colorado. 

Astronomer, geologist, publisher and poet Danny Rosen brings a few words from deep time and space.

Paleohippy Shroompa Art Goodtimes and Grand Junction slam poet Tori Miner rip it up in a cross-generational jam.

William Pitt Root brings the word from a life well lived.

Albuquerque Poet Laureate Emeritus Jessica Helen Lopez brings the heat from the Land of Enchantment. 

JazzPo at the Cloud Station


The Cloud Station

It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing. Join singer and poet extraordinaire Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer for an evening of jazz, poetry, and open-mic readings with Crestone’s very own jazz all-stars. Cloud Station, downtown Crestone. 


Workshops and Panel


Crestone Charter School

Panel: Between the Covers
Want to find out more about publishing in our region. Join a conversation with small press publishers and journal editors. Why do they do what they do?  Who do they publish and who do they publish for?
Led by Peter Anderson

Workshop 1: Garbanzo Journalism / Led by Cheryl Tischer
Workshop 2: Ekphrasis: Art as Poetic Muse / Led by Rachel Kellum

Workshops and Panel


Crestone Charter School

Panel: Building Audiences for Poetry

Want to put on a poetry event? Create some po-buzz in your community?

Find out about strategies and formats that work from some seasoned

event organizers. Led by Don McIver


Workshop 3: Poetry and How It Gets That Way / Led by William Pitt Root

Workshop 4: Shotgun Shell in a Bird’s Nest: A Collage Workshop/ Led by Susan Tichy



Crestone Charter School

Hot lunch available at the Charter School.

Poemfest Poetry Lounge


2nd Floor

Poetry Lounge,

Crestone Charter School

Come and go as you please, the poetry lounge is open. Bring a poem to read or just listen. Lounge lizard buzz guaranteed.



Crestone Charter School

Workshop 5:  Don’t be Afraid, It’s Only Magic/ Led by Wendy Videlock

Workshop 6: The Spirit of Wabi-Sabi & Karumi in the American West / led by David Anthony Martin



Crestone Charter School

Workshop 7: For The Fun Of It/ led by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
Workshop 8: Sculpting a Poem/ led by Kate Kingston

Old Hands, New Voices


Rainbow Hall, Crestone Charter School

Everybody is a star. Enjoy some of the mentors from our region’s creative writing programs as well as some of their students who are ready to shine.  Featuring Aaron A. Abeyta with students from Western Colorado University and Juan Morales with students from CSU-Pueblo.

Poet's Banquet


Desert Sage Restaurant

Join the poets for the most delicious and raucous Bhutanese buffet at the incomparable Desert Sage Restaurant. Authentic food, something for everyone, and libations. 

Evening Reading


Rainbow Hall, Crestone Charter School

Susan Tichy takes us into the Sangre de Cristos with some poems from Avalanche Path in Summer.

Rick Kempa, editor of Deep Wild, goes wild and deep.

Kyce Bello considers how we rest with beauty in a broken world. 

Don McIver, long-timer on the Albuquerque beat, takes us out on the streets.

Jesse Tsinajinnie Maloney brings Diné words and songs from the Navajo Nation.

Poet Party at the Pub


Crestone Brewing Company

Come hang with the poets at the pub and enjoy some great local live music, with Cheap Therapy. 


In Memoriam


2nd Floor

Poetry Lounge,

Crestone Charter School

In 2019, the southwestern poetry community lost Stewart Warren and Chris Ransick, two fine poets, performers, and people. We’ll gather to share some of their poems. Bring your own favorite to read. Or bring a poem from some other poet whose life you would like to honor and celebrate.

Brunch and Book Fair


Rainbow Hall,

Crestone Charter School

The temptation, the excitement of a copy signed just for you. Browse and shop books from your favorite new poets over brunch. 


Talking Gourd Circle


Rainbow Hall, Crestone Charter School

A closing poetry circle. Bring a poem or two to share (your own or just one that you like). 

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