Monday, March 28, 2011


I have been remiss these past couple weeks, and this review of March's reading is coming to you late! For those of you who weren't at this month's reading, remember that next month (April) is National Poetry Month. Iver Arnegard will be our guest author, and his reading will also mark the one-year birthday of the Colorado Springs Writers Reading Series! Hurray!

I wish I could reach the photographer from The Independent who was clicking away on her beautiful camera at the reading for Janele Johnson on the 18th. (Are you out there, photographer?) I only have one picture to share from Janele's reading, but it's probably nowhere near as crisp as the ones a professional could take. Still, I have to post this one. Janele's poetry truly lit up the room, warmed our faces into smiles-- something we all know great literature is capable of, even when the message or metaphor aren't necessarily cheerful! Janele's narratives had this lyrical intimacy I really connected with, and so did the audience. So, thanks, Janele!

Remember, Juliana Aragon Fatula is still going to be reading as a featured author, but her appearance has yet to be rescheduled. Stay tuned for that!

Here's another update: I recently received an email from, from The Academy of American Poets, and it made a good point: it costs money to keep poetry and poetry education circulating in our towns and cities! For National Poetry Month, is asking for donations of any size, and I thought I might put a "tip jar" out on the book table in April. (Not sure if any others out there subscribe to's Poem-A-Day series, but I do, and it's fantastic-- I find out about new writers via that service and I rediscover the oldie/goodies through it as well.) Anyway, if you can drop a dollar in the jar in April, great! If not, don't worry about it. I just thought it might be nice to donate something to the site, considering how much I've enjoyed their resources lately (and I've watched my students enjoy it too). I'll just donate 100% of whatever falls into the jar that night!

Also, remember that I'm taking the month of May off for travel, and we'll be seeing each other after April's reading in June!

Have a great week, everyone.

CSWRS Coordinator


  1. Hey Abby,

    I have no idea who was there, but our art director Kathy Connaro would (along with information on any rights to using the photos). She's at if you need her.