Poemfest rides again: 3rd Crestone Poetry Festival happens February 27-March 1

The Crestone Eagle • February, 2020

Jesse Tsinajinnie Maloney’s debut full length work Health Carefully was released through Cyberwit press 2019

The 3rd Crestone Poetry Festival is nearly upon us. Poets from all over Colorado and New Mexico will soon be bringing their talents to town, offering readings, performances, and workshops beginning Thursday evening, February 27, and running through Sunday morning, March 1. Weekend passes and tickets to individual events are available at poemfest.com, as is information on poets, programs, and admission.

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer served as the third Colorado Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015-2017). Her forthcoming collection, This Very Here, won the Halcyon Poetry Prize (Middle Creek Press, 2020)

Poemfest offers poetry for the people, not just other poets and literary enthusiasts. This year’s lineup includes some dynamic performing poets including Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby Lefebre, Albuquerque Poet Laureate Emerita Jessica Lopez, Jesse Tsinajinnie Maloney, poet and teacher at Dine´ College on the Navajo Reservation, Don MacIver, veteran performer and host/producer of KUNM’s Spoken Word Hour, and perennial western slope favorites Art Goodtimes and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

On Thursday evening, February 27, local Crestone poets will kick off the event with a reading at Crestone Charter School. The reading