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Poets coming to Salida

Brief by Central Staff

Poetry – February 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Sparrows have been alighting in Salida lately — not the birds, but images on posters for a poetry festival that runs February 2-4.

These Sparrows are an acronym for “Stories, Poems and Relations to Raise Our Winter Spirits,” and the festival is being organized by one of Salida’s premier performance poets, Jude Jannet.

Tickets for the three-day festival are $30, available from Jannet at 719-539-9847, and most events will have separate tickets that can be purchased at the door. There’s a lot more information on the web at

Participants include Jannet (River Song Fire Song), of course, as well as Art Goodtimes of Norwood, who has performed in Salida on several occasions, always to an enthusiastic audience. Others on the schedule are James Tipton (Letters from a Stranger), Rosemary Whatola Trommers (Lunaria), Ellen Metrick (Poetisattva), Pada Jared Thornlyre (Angel Flesh), and Barbara Baker, a dancer and dance instructor.

At press time, the schedule looked like this (all locations are in downtown Salida, unless otherwise indicated):

Friday, Feb. 2

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Troubadour poets will entertain at various restaurants — First Street Café, La Frontera Cantina, Spaghetti Western, and Laughing Ladies.

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Open microphone at the Cornucopia Bakery, hosted by Art Goodtimes.

9:30 p.m. – Last Call: Dancing to Jaka at the Victoria Tavern. $5 cover, free with event ticket.

Saturday, Feb. 3

10:30 a.m. – Noon: Poetry workshop with Jude Jannet and Ellen Metrick at Bongo Billy’s Café. $10, free with event ticket.

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.: James Tipton poetry workshop at Bongo Billy’s, and Art Goodtimes poetry workshop at Adventure Media. $10 for each, free with event ticket.

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Children’s poetry program at Barbara Baker’s Arrangement of Motion dance studio. $5.

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Poet performances in the Great Hall of St. Joseph’s Church, corner 5th and D streets. $7, free with event ticket.

10 p.m. – Midnight: After-show gathering at the Cornucopia.

Sunday, Feb. 4

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Poets’ reception and breakfast at the River Run Inn, 8495 County Road 160. $4, free with event ticket, and make a reservation by Jan. 25 for this one.