Whether you’re a reader, a writer or a really good listener, words and stories will jump off the page this week in unexpected ways. Denver's literary scene is just diverse that way. Here’s where to find your fancy.
Mark Beauregard, The Whale: A Love Story
Tattered Cover LoDo
7 p.m. Tuesday, August 23
Mark Beauregard’s The Whale: A Love Story is a well-researched fiction that dives under the skin of history, reimagining the literary friendship between Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne as a tryst while chronicling the transformative creation of Moby-Dick. That’s a lot of drama to pack between two covers; hear the author channel Melville’s writer’s process at the Tattered Cover.
Slam Nuba iWPS Rep Selection Slam
7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, August 26
$10 cover, $5 with student ID
Nearly twenty pre-qualified entrants will vie for the opportunity to represent Slam Nuba at the Individual World Poetry Slam in October in Flagstaff, Arizona, but only one will be left standing after the slam-poetry collective’s monthly showdown ends. As always, an open mic kicks things off at 8 p.m. (arrive by 7:30 to sign up), but at 9 p.m. the cream of Denver’s crop will go head to head in four rounds. Denver is becoming a major player on the national slam scene as a new hub for the National Poetry Slam; this is a perfect night to find out why.
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Write Denver: Word on the Street
Denver Performing Arts Complex
2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 27
Write Denver, a wing of Denver’s esteemed Lighthouse Writers Workshop, encourages writers of all ages and abilities to leave the traditional cloistered author's realm to pen words about the city right out in the field. In collaboration with Denver Arts & Venues, the walking workshop will park itself in front of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to play an oversized game of magnetic poetry, using giant wooden words culled from three sources: Denver's Camping Ban, Baby Doe Tabor's dream journals and Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Meet up in the DPAC Galleria and have at it, while musing on such local topics as class, race and homelessness.
What's on the next page in Denver's literary world? Visit Westword's Literary Event listings for this week.