Poetry at the Tavern

Box Office @ 6pm // Reading @ 7pm // $5 Cover per person

poetry at the tavern - Claudia Putnam

A community literary series offering readings by established regional poets as well as opportunities for local poets to share their work in a supportive setting.

Presented by Ouray's Wright Opera House, the monthly event will run first Thursdays, October of this year through March, 2023 in The Tavern at the Wright, an intimate space with a fireplace and small tables. Readings by the invited Colorado region poets promise to both inspire and entertain. Some are new faces to the community and others, who have read in Ouray County, will be back by popular demand.

Featured poets will dialogue with the audience and may have books for sale and signing. Following each reading and a short intermission, audience members can read their own short works during an open mic. Poetry at the Tavern evenings will begin at 7pm with box office opening at 6pm. Beverages and small bites will be available for purchase. 

February 2

Claudia Putnam, Glenwood Springs

Claudia Putnam lives in Glenwood Springs with two huskies and a cat who is angry about that. Her award-winning poetry is available from Moon City Press. Several individual poems are linked from her website: www.claudiaputnam.com. You can find her prize-winning memoir at Split/Lip Press. Her poems, stories, and essays are widely published, and she’s been awarded residencies at a number of places, including Phillips Exeter Academy. Mostly, she stays home and writes.


Upcoming Poets:

  • March 2 - Uche Ogbuji, Boulder

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