Poetry is big in Denver literary circles this week, as 100 Thousand Poets for Change takes over the city with a series of weekend events and the local slam community sends off its 2015 contender for the Individual World Poetry Slam. And then there’s also a side-trip to literary Iceland. Here’s the scoop:
The Write Stuff: Why Iceland Inspires Us to Put Pen to Paper
7 p.m. Wednesday, September 23
Reykjavik seems to be on everyone’s travel bucket list these days, but if that’s still a distant dream for you, Taste of Iceland — a four-day celebration of Icelandic food and culture — will bring the frigid wonderland to Denver this week. That includes an ode to Iceland’s storytelling culture (literate Iceland boasts the most writers and published books per capita worldwide) with author Eliza Reid, a co-founder of the Iceland Writers Retreat.
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100 Thousand Poets, Musicians and Artists for Change/Denver
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7-10 p.m. Thursday, September 24
Gypsy House Cafe
7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, September 26
Westside Books, 3434 West 32nd Avenue
6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, September 27
All events are free
Denver’s edition of the worldwide event 100 Thousand Poets for Change starts September 24 with a big celebration at the McNichols Building, hosted by Mila Popovich and Michael Annis and featuring a powerhouse roster of local authors, poets, filmmakers and performers, before moving to Gypsy House, then Westside Books. Hosted by resident poet Jimi Bernath, the Westside event will close it all down with a set from longtime Denver folkster Eileen Niehouse and readings by Linda Hogan, Airica Parker, Uche Ogbuji, Tom Parson and Stewart Warren. It’s all free, so let some poetry into your life.
Slam Nuba, featuring Jozer
7:30 p.m. Friday, September 25
Admission: $5 to $10
Denver’s award-winning performance-poetry collective Slam Nuba will feature local slam phenomenon Jozer Guerrero at its monthly event for September. Guerrero will be representing Denver in Washington, D.C., in just a couple of weeks at the annual Individual World Poetry Slam, so he’ll be slinging his best stuff here for a test run. This is a great opportunity to learn exactly what slam poetry is all about — from a local master of the art. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., followed by an open mike at 8; Guerrero goes on at 8:30 and a slam wraps the evening at 9.
What's on the next page in Denver's literary world? Visit Westword's Literary Event listings for this week.