Featured Artist: Bouldering Poets

Bouldering Poets, a collective of writers and performer who host a monthly series at locations throughout Boulder, is preparing a very special edition for Boulder Arts Week. We asked Elyse Brownell to fill us in on this dynamic and burgeoning group and their plans for the future.

Describe your work in 10 words or less:

A monthly performance series showcasing poets, writers, and musicians.

Tell us about one of your favorite encounters with art in Boulder:

Naropa’s Summer Writing Program (SWP)* immediately comes to mind. There is no other place where you are given the opportunity to encounter so many talented writers and performers. Not only that, but you are able to interact with them during their workshops, lectures, and readings.  SWP is a reminder of what happens when a confined space, such as your own life, is bombarded by brilliance, raw-talent, and honesty, and it all resides in an environment only Naropa can create.

*Note from Boulder Arts Week: public registration for Naropa's Summer Writing Program is NOW OPEN! You don't have to be a student at Naropa to take workshops from some of the best and brightest writer's from around the world during this month-long program - these workshops and events are open to the community! Click HERE for more information.

If you could collaborate with any artist in Boulder, who would it be and why?

Bouldering Poets would love to have Andrea Gibson at a future event.  A Boulderite herself, she shows poets and performers that you can make a living doing what you love.  We are also constantly looking for ways to expand our format by featuring experimental performance artists who are willing to challenge the space: performers like, Edwin Torres, Michelle Ellsworth, M. NourbeSe Philip, and Anne Waldman.

What will you be doing for Boulder Arts Week?

We have scheduled our monthly installment during Boulder Arts Week in hopes we will reach more communities and provide a space where anyone can be immersed in poetry and performance.  We are featuring Seattle poet, Graham Isaac, Erie poet, Martin Balgach, and Boulder poet and musician, Angel Dominguez.  Each month, we aim to showcase a variety of artists by bringing in both established and emerging performers and keeping the space open for the audience to interact during the open mic, which begins after the features.  We will be at Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place at 7:30PM on Thursday, April 3, 2014.  There is a $5 cover.

Then what?

Our 2 year anniversary event is in May, and we will continue doing what we do every month.  We are always looking for new features and/or new venues. If you’re interested you can contact us at boulderingpoets@gmail.com, Facebook, or boulderingpoets.wordpress.com/