TELLURIDE – The Tuesday, Aug. 5 Talking Gourds Poetry Club features Coloradoans Tara Edna Miller and Jane McGarry, both deeply influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, who’ve been writing all their lives.
Miller and her husband, Sam Brown, have been a one-family Peace Corps, bringing solar oven expertise not only to their Paonia, Colo. hometown but to the Quechua-speaking community of Taquile in Peru for 30 years. Both are professional potters and home gardeners.
McGarry teaches literature to children and cross-country skiing to kids and adults on the Grand Mesa. Together with her husband, Chuck, they’ve too have lived in Paonia for 30 years. McGarry has just begun a new startup, West Elk Books, selling collectibles and special editions on line.
The Aug. 5 Talking Gourds Poetry club takes place at be held on its summer hours beginning at 8 p.m. In September, the Club will go back to its normal 6 p.m. timeslot with Navajo veterinarian/poet Zoey Benally.
As always, following club announcements and performances, organizers will have a short break and then pass the gourd around the room to give Club members and attendees a chance to read poems from the monthly theme – pieces of their own or the work of a favorite other. August’s theme, chosen by Aama Harwood, will be “With what sense do you see?”
Talking Gourds Poetry Club is a joint venture of the Telluride Institute, Wilkinson Library, Between the Covers Bookstore, Arroyo Telluride and the newly formed Telluride Literary Arts. Members meet monthly, on first Tuesday evenings, at Arroyo Fine Art Gallery & Wine Bar at 220 E. Colorado Ave. (next door to Telluride Hardware and the Masonic Hall), beginning at 6 p.m. (8 p.m. June, July and August) in Telluride, Colorado. Call 970-729-0220 for more info. Or visit the Telluride Literary Arts website, tellurideliteraryarts.weebly.com