2nd Annual Poetry Fest

Sunday, April 14, 2024 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Erin Agee is an enforcement attorney and Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Specialist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She earned her B.A. in English with an emphasis on poetry composition from Kalamazoo College and her J.D. from Cornell Law School.  Agee’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Cauldron, The Docket, Boatman’s Quarterly Review, and the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.  

Esther Belin (Diné)is a distinguished poet who has lived in the Durango area since 1997 and has two single-volume poetry books published by the University of Arizona Press, one of which won the American Book Award in 2000. She was one of four editors of The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature which won the American Book Award in 2022. She teaches at Fort Lewis College in the Native American & Indigenous Studies department and is a faculty mentor in the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing MFA program.   Esther is the first Durango Poet Laureate!
Kirbie Bennett is a writer and audio producer. He is part of the creative team that makes The Magic City of the Southwest, a regional history podcast. His work has appeared in High Country News, KSUT Public Radio and 68-to-05, an online music journal. Kirbie is a member of the Navajo Nation and Durango, Colorado is another place he calls home.
Jamie Collins first published a poem by the St. Petersburg Times when he was 16. By 21 after getting published in several Florida magazines, life's realities(work/career) took precedence. However, he began an Art Rep for the city of Largo, FL, then as an Artist in Education taught creative writing/poetry in two Florida school systems for 6 years - St. Petersburg and Tampa. After a divorce, he moved to Nashville, TN in 1999. By 2006 hand issues stopped him from playing guitar for a while, so he returned to writing poetry, performed as monthly featured poet at Scarritt-Bennett 12 times in 14 years.  He has composed a choral piece for the St. Petersburg Boys Choir for their 20th Anniversary Tour and a string Quartet performed at a New Composer's Concert at the University of South Florida and spent 22 years as a songwriter in Nashville. He has 4 poetry collections.
Zoe Golden is seventeen years old and a junior at DHS. She is a coach for every pedal mountain biking and Nordic skiing. Zoe is a DHS yearbook editor, a member of national honors society, and an AP scholar. Poetry is the most important part of her life, it allows her to tie activism, the beauty of her surroundings, and her experience as a human being into art.  Zoe is the first Rising Poet Laureate for Durango.
Gennys Moulton is originally from Northern New Mexico and moved to Durango to pursue a degree in writing. They’ve been writing prose and poetry for as long as they can remember.
Lisa C. Taylor is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Interrogation of Morning (Arlen House/Syracuse University Press 2023). She also has two published short story collections, Impossibly Small Spaces (2018), and Growing a New Tail (2015). One of her short stories received the Hugo House New Fiction Award. Her collaborative collection with Irish poet and writer Geraldine Mills, The Other Side of Longing (Arlen House/Syracuse University Press, 2011) received the Elizabeth Shanley Gerson Honor for Irish literature at University of Connecticut. Lisa holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast (University of Southern Maine). She is the co-director of the Mesa Verde Writers Conference, now in its second year (July 11-14, 2024), and she is a workshop presenter for Write on the Sound and the Raymond Carver Conference. Lisa has received residencies from Vermont Studio Center, Willowtail Springs, and Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. Lisa teaches online for writers.com. Her first novel, The Shape of What Remains, is under contract and will be published in 2025. 
   

 

 

 

Event address: 
Maria's Bookshop
960 Main Ave.
Durango, CO 81301
Books: 
Let Us Be So Familiar:  Poems By Erin Agee Cover Image
$15.00
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ISBN: 9798218954291
Published: Self - January 1st, 2023

The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature By Esther G. Belin (Editor), Jeff Berglund (Editor), Connie A. Jacobs (Editor), Anthony K. Webster (Editor), Jennifer Nez Denetdale (Contributions by), Sherwin Bitsui (Contributions by), Michael Thompson (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Esther G. Belin (Editor), Jeff Berglund (Editor), Connie A. Jacobs (Editor), Anthony K. Webster (Editor), Jennifer Nez Denetdale (Contributions by), Sherwin Bitsui (Contributions by), Michael Thompson (Contributions by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780816540990
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Published: University of Arizona Press - April 20th, 2021

Of Cartography: Poems (Sun Tracks  #81) By Esther G. Belin Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780816536023
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Published: University of Arizona Press - September 26th, 2017

From the Belly of My Beauty (Sun Tracks  #38) By Esther G. Belin Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780816519545
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Published: University of Arizona Press - August 1st, 1999

Interrogation of Morning By Lisa C. Taylor Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781851322749
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Published: Arlen House - March 7th, 2023

Necessary Silence By Lisa C. Taylor Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781851320714
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Published: Arlen House - November 1st, 2012

Words Like Love: Poems By Tanaya Winder Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780826362612
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Published: University of New Mexico Press - February 15th, 2021