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Poetry at the Tavern

Box Office @ 6pm // Reading @ 7pm // $5 Cover per person // Students (18 & under) FREE

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Now in it’s third season, Poetry at the Tavern offers readings by established regional poets as well as opportunities for local poets to share their work in a supportive setting.

Presented by the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, the monthly event will run on the first Thursday of each month, January through April, 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 6:30pm. Beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person.

Schedule: March 7 - Rick Kempa • April 4 - TBD

March 7

Featured Poet Rick Kempa
Poet, essayist, and editor Rick Kempa lives in Grand Junction. His most recent book of poetry is Too Vast for Sleep. A collection of his short prose pieces about the backpacking life, Truths of the Trail, will be published this spring. Rick is the founding editor of the literary journal Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry.

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The Wright Opera House is a 501c3 nonprofit, operating a historic venue and premier performing arts organization located in the City of Ouray. It is supported by event fees and by generous donations. Click here to make a tax deductible donation to the Wright.