Literary Calendar: Three Colorado Book and Poetry Events for January 5-12

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It's the post-holiday dead of winter, when you never know when you're going to wake up to a half-foot of snow. So this is a good time to work your way through the pile of books by your bed. But make a resolution to get outside, too, because this week's literary calendar includes a date with one of the world's most acclaimed poets, as well as a performance by local slam poets gearing up for the new year's national slam competitions with a showcase of powerful women wordsmiths.

See also: Video: Slam Nuba's Dominique Ashaheed wins 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam

Winter Words 2015: Natasha Trethewey Paepcke Auditorium, Aspen 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 6 Admission: $20

If you're in the high country, Aspen's Winter Words series will present poet Natasha Trethewey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. Poet Laureate who just passed that title to Charles Wright last summer. Librarian of Congress James Billington said this of her work: "Her poems dig beneath the surface of history - personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago - to explore the human struggles that we all face." She'll share that journey through poems from her five published collections, including the most recent, Thrall.

Continue reading for more literary picks.

Katie Cross, The Network Series: Miss Mabel's School for Girls and Antebellum Awakening Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch 7 p.m. Thursday, January 8 Free

Young adult fiction of the variety that adults might also enjoy reading is becoming commonplace, and Katie Cross's Network Series, about a school where young witches learn their craft, shows why. The author of Miss Mabel's School for Girls and Antebellum Awakening will read from and sign both books in the fantasy series; visit the website for more information about the books.

Slam Nuba: WoWPS Selection Slam  Featured Poets: Amy Everhart and Sister Outside 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 9 Crossroads Theatre Admission: $5 to $10 at the door

On Friday, Slam Nuba will choose its challenger for the annual Women of the World Poetry Slam with a slam-down to determine who will join Mercury Cafe Slam Team WoWPS poet Mary McDonough in representing Denver's women performance poets in Albuquerque this March. And what a program it's going to be! Not only will ten of the area's best women slam poets go head to head for a chance at the national title, but featured poets Amy Everheart, a 2009 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, and the power duo Sister Outside (consisting of former WoWPS winners Dominique Christina and Denise Frohman) will also command the mike. Get ready for a workout.

What's on the next page in Denver's literary world? Visit Westword's Literary Event listings for this week.

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