Poetry at the Tavern

Six Readings  //  September 9 - March 10

poetry at the tavern

A new community literary series, 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 Ouray's Wright Opera House, the monthly event will run second Thursdays, September of this year through March, 2022 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. 

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

Jan 13 - Samantha Tisdel Wright, Silverton
Feb 10 - Kierstin Bridger, Placerville
Mar 10 - Wendy Videlock, Palisade

January 13

Samantha Tisdel Wright, Silverton
Samantha Tisdel Wright

Samantha Tisdel Wright writes from the heart of the San Juan Mountains in Silverton, Colo. where she lives with her husband, John. Born in San Fransisco and raised in Ouray, she is an award-winning journalist and a finalist for the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize. Her poetry has been posted in Ridgway's alleyways, tattooed on women’s skin, and published in Mycoepithalamia, Mushroom Wedding Poems; The Poeming Pidgeon; Poetica II, Voices of the Uncompahgre Valley, and elsewhere. She is a longtime member of Poetica, a Ouray County-based group of poets, and has enjoyed performing her poetry onstage at events including Carbondale’s Mountain Fair, the Bright Night tour, and the Telluride Literary Burlesque.

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