Spoken Word: Sam Smith at Writing the Rockies

I spent the weekend up in Gunnison at the annual Writing the Rockies Conference, hosted by Western State College. While there, I got to enjoy weather that was staggeringly beautiful, great beer from the Gunnison Brewery and the Crested Butte Brewing Company (Gunnison’s GABF Gold Medal-winning Summertime 69 was righteous, by the way), outstanding readings and seminars from the likes of Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason, and an all-around excellent event thanks to the conference director, Dr. Mark Todd, and his team. Props to all.

The high point for me was the open microphone event last night, where I got to read a few of my newest works. (How new? Well, as I note at one point in the reading, I’m only sure that one of them is actually finished.)

The poem on the page and the poem being read can be very different animals. For your ArtSunday listening enjoyment, then, this is me and a few of my new favorite spoken words. Hope you like them.

Special thanks to Frank and Pat Venturo for hosting me.


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