Thursday, January 27, 2011


Well, it's taken me almost a week, but I'm finally getting around to telling everyone how delightful last Friday's reading with Lynn Wagner was. Not only did Lynn make us laugh with her take on an ex-lover coming back as a dog, she opened up several of her poems from the book No Blues This Raucous Song. (I'm still partial to "Neruda", which I think embodies some of Lynn's richest language. Find it on her website here.)

(a shot of Lynn and I with each other's books)

Before Lynn's reading, we had a full sign up of Open Mic readers, each filling up the 3-5 minute slots with a dazzling array of stories and poems.

(a shot of Janele Johnson, instructor at Pikes Peak Community College,
reading poetry during the Open Mic session.)

There were some blog addresses left on the update sheet, and I'm including their addresses below. (One is Tom Preble's website; the other is Marie Ostarello's. Both have extensive publication backgrounds, and I recommend checking out their stuff!) If you have a writing blog you'd like to get on this site, be sure to leave the address at the next CSWRS event.

Tom Preble:
Marie Ostarello:

Remember, next month's featured reader is Juan Morales, the head of CSU-Pueblo's Creative Writing program. He'll be reading on Friday evening, February 18th, at 7:30pm in the downstairs area of Black Cat Books in Manitou. If you'd like to participate in the Open Mic beforehand, be sure to get there a little early to sign up-- ten readers maximum-- and have your work timed to no more than five minutes, tops.

Thank you all for a fantastic evening!

CSWRS Coordinator

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Join us on Friday, January 21st (7:30pm) at Black Cat Books in Manitou Springs for a reading with Lynn Wagner, author of the chapbook No Blues This Raucous Song. Lynn will be traveling from Denver to feature her work at this month's event, and I can't wait to hear it!

Remember that each event kicks off with an Open Mic session, and some tips for Open Mic presentation have been posted on this blog! If you'll be attending for the first time this month and aren't sure about reading yet, pick up one of the write-ups from the book table and take a look at what an Open Mic entails.

See everyone on the 18th!

CSWRS Coordinator