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05/18/2018 - 9:00am to 05/20/2018 - 10:00pm

The 2018 Telluride Literary Arts Festival has been scheduled for May 18-20 at various venues throughout this historic Colorado town. It's the perfect event for anyone who has a love for reading or writing, and those in attendance may expect to enjoy many activities that include a literary burlesque, poetry readings, author lectures and special events for children. All of the activities related to the festival are free of charge to the general public with the exception of the literary burlesque, which requires a ticket. Read on to learn a bit more about the 2018 Telluride Literary Arts Festival so that you may better plan your Telluride stay.

Schedule of Events

Plans are not complete, but this is a bit of what has been scheduled so far.

Friday, May 18

  • Poets Night: Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the festival kicks off with a poetry reading by a published poet. Anyone who would like the opportunity to read their own poetry to the audience may also take advantage of open-mic night right after the primary reading.

Saturday, May 19

  • Poets Walk: If the weather is fair, which it usually is in Telluride during the glorious month of May, then you're welcome to join the poets for a scenic nature walk along Bear Creek. Those interested should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the High Alpine Coffee Bar, which is located at the Between the Covers Bookstore.
  • Lecture: Head to the Wilkinson Public Library for a lecture by Dr. David J. Rothman. Questions will be answered after the lecture, and you should expect to attend from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The topic is, “Belle Turnbull and the Poets of Early Colorado.”
  • Kids Day: Also at the Wilkinson Public Library, this event is open to children of any age who would be interested in creating their own book. It's a fun time of arts and crafts that begins at 12 noon and ends at 4 p.m.
  • Fischer Poetry Prize Ceremony: Beginning at 2 p.m., prizes will be awarded to this year's winning poets. Each will give a reading of their prize poem following the awards ceremony, and everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Literary Burlesque: “Uncorseted: Not What It Seams” will be performed at the Black Box Theater at the Palm beginning at 8 p.m. with the doors opening just prior at 7:30 p.m. Seven area women will perform the story of women from the early 1900s who managed to free themselves from societal norms, and the talented Telluride Dance Collective will entertain as well. Tickets for this event will be available in early May.

Sunday, May 20

  • Gourds Circle: Bring a pillow to sit on, and head on out to the Ah Haa School at 10 a.m. for a fun time of sharing stories and poems. Feel free to contribute your own as well.
  • Featured Author: Craig Childs is featured this year, and he'll be at the Wilkinson Public Library at 6 p.m. to discuss his new book, “Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America.” A question-and-answer period will follow.