The Literary Arts Department welcomes writers, readers, and anyone with a professional interest in literature to their monthly networking event. Make contacts, discuss your work, and make new friends. With invited speakers, a friendly atmosphere (and drinks!) it’s the perfect meeting place for writers, journalists, ferocious readers, publishers, illustrators, booksellers and spoken-word artists. Last Tuesday of every month.  Check back for updates on instructors!

When:  Tuesday March 26
Where:  The Public House
Time:  6:00 pm
Cost:  FREE!


March 26 Literary Salon

Mark Todd will lead our March 26 Literary Salon.

Mark Todd is the recipient of the 2017 Karen Chamberlain Lifetime Achievement Award for Colorado Poetry, and he has appeared on both Colorado Public Radio and the Travel Channel representing his work. He founded Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, where he has been Professor of English at Western since 1988, and serves as Contributing Editor for Western Press Books. He has 25 years of professional journalism experience, having published hundreds of news stories, features, columns, and editorials in local through international markets. He also served as editor and publisher of both a newspaper and a regional magazine and, at one point, digested online news for the Lycos daily news service. Mark has performed his poetry across the country and in Europe. His books include two collections of poetry, a science fiction novel, and as co-author with wife Kym O’Connell-Todd a comedy/fantasy trilogy and a creative nonfiction book about hauntings in frontier mining towns of the Rocky Mountains. Three of his books were nominated for Colorado Book Awards and one was also nominated for the Colorado Blue Spruce Award.
Mark's latest book Tamped, But Loose Enough to Breathe, published just this past October by Conundrum Press, an imprint of Bower House Books.
Former Colorado Poet Laureate David J. Rothman says this: “Mark Todd’s poetry lives at the juncture of literature and folklore, a place of language revitalized by actual speech rhythms. Mark Todd’s welcoming voice – veering like life itself between sadness and hilarity – should be welcome everywhere poetry is heard. The American West is fortunate to have such a poet, in whose work so much energy and skill wed the feeling that there is so much to say and so many stories to tell.”