When:  Thursday, April 19, 2012Time: 7:00 – 9:30

Where: Forza Coffee Company, Westminster, CO

(Valle Vista Center, NW corner of 104th Ave. & Federal Blvd, 3013 West 104th Ave.)

No cover!

Please join us to read 5 minutes of your own or another’s poetry, or to just sit back with a cup of deliciously crafted coffee, a smoothie, and/or a pastry from Drizzles, Forza’s in-house bakery.

 Featured Poet:  

(photo: Ken Jessen)


M.D. is the founder of the popular Internet Poets’ Cooperative website (poetscoop.org) and creator of a new genre of poetics he calls Digital Poetry. He’s participated in online musical collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma and the Derek Trucks band, and has incorporated musical elements such as blues harmonica and Theremin into his spoken word performances. In 2011 he released his latest volume of poetry, Leaning Toward Whole.

Information and Open Mic Sign Up:

Contact Faye, Third Thursday Host, and put your name on the open mic list. Faye@QuamEditorial.com, 303-503-3530

 Directions to Forza, Valle Vista Center Parking:

  • Traveling south on Federal Blvd – Before 104th Ave, turn west on 105th Ave, turn south at stop sign, parking entrance is around the curve and to your left
  • Traveling north on Federal Blvd – Turn west on 104th, drive one block, turn north on Grove St., turn right into parking lot
  • Traveling east or west on 104th Ave – One block west of Federal Blvd, turn north on Grove, turn right into parking lot

12/2011 Featured Poet: John “Survivor” Blake  John Survivor Blake will say spending his adolescence visiting his mother in prison was divine intervention. He will tell you burying his father, who died from AIDS, taught him how to forgive. He will freely admit he is a recovering addict who is fortunate to be able to spread the word(s) of poetry, because poetry saved his life. But he is not concerned with where he’s been, but where all of us are going.

John coached both youth and adult poetry slam teams for the Slam Richmond Reading Series in Virginia for four years. He currently teaches poetry to young writers at Warehouse 508 in Albuquerque, NM, as well as in Santa Fe’s Juvenile Detention Center.

9/2011 Featured Poet: Robert King

Robert King is a native Coloradan who taught most of his career at the Univ. of North Dakota after graduating from the Univ. of Iowa. He’s the author of several chapbooks, including his newest, Rodin & Co., which won the Grayson Books competition. Robert lives in Greeley where he writes and directs the website www.ColoradoPoetsCenter.org.
July 21, 2011

Featured Poet: Janice Gould

Janice Gould is a Concow/Maidu poet, musician and assistant professor in the Women and Ethnic Studies program at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She is the author of three books of poetry: Beneath My Heart, Earthquake Weather, and  Doubters and Dreamers (July 2011) She is co-editor Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2003).

April 2011 Featured Poet: Barbara Ellen Sorensen                                                                        

Inadvertently drawn to be an editor and writer for Native American magazines, Barbara has dedicated 15 years to writing about Native American issues. In 2009, she received a Sequoyah Fellowship award from the American Indian Science & Engineering Society. Barbara’s poetry chapbook Song From the Deep Middle Brain was a finalist at Main Street Rag Publishing, Inc. Her poem “Song From the Deep Middle Brain,” which inspired her chapbook, was also a finalist, for the 2009 Joy Harjo Poetry Award.

 Gail Waldstein -March Featured Poet

Gail Waldstein, M.D. (retired pediatric pathologist) published her memoir To Quit this Calling: Firsthand Tales of a Pediatric Pathologist in 2006. The same year, she also published a volume of poetry entitled AfterImage. Gail’s award winning poetry and other writing has appeared in High Plains Literary Review, The Iowa Review, Nimrod, New Letters, Harpur Palate, 5280, and other literary magazines.

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011

Featured Performers: Poet Katherine West & Musician Jeff Finer

After living most of her adult life in Latin America, Katherine West now makes her home in the mountains near Loveland, Colorado, where she is a poet, teacher, editor, and founder of Green Fuse Poetic Arts Association, an organization dedicated to nourishing poetry and connecting Grass Roots poets with their community.


Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010

Featured Poet: Marilyn Krysl

Poet and short story writer Marilyn Krysl has taught ESL in the Peoples’ Republic of China, served as Artist in Residence at the Center for Human Caring, worked as an unarmed bodyguard for Peace Brigade International in Sri Lanka, and volunteered at the Kalighat Home for the Destitute and Dying administered by Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity in Calcutta. She currently volunteers with the Lost Boys of Sudan and with C-SAW, the Community of Sudanese and American Women.

Marilyn’s book of short stories, Dinner with Osama, won the Richard Sullivan Prize and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Bronze Medal 2008, and her latest volume of poetry, Swear the Burning Vow: Selected and New Poems, was a finalist for the 2010 Colorado Book Award. John Updike said, “Krysl is funny, fierce, and feminist in the best possible way, and a technician of variety and resourcefulness.”

When: Thursday, August 19, 2010

Featured Poet: Hilary DePolo

Hilary DePolo’s “goals and activities have centered on the concept that the arts introduce a texture and balance to life that is unique and necessary.” One such activity is hosting a monthly radio interview on the arts in Denver and Colorado, on KUVO Jazz 89. Another is turning her energy toward her own expression as a poet and a playwright. Her work has appeared in several publications, and she has combined her words with musicians’ original music to create performance pieces SOJURN and LOUISIANA PEARL.


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