Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: Poetry Workshop + Performance at SHYFT on Feb. 5

Shyft welcomes Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer to Denver for a poetry workshop and performance. Tickets are currently on sale separately for each event and linked below.

Loving the Self: A poetry playshop
Saturday, Feb. 5
11 am to 3 pm at Shyft at Mile High

Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world.

         —Mary Oliver, “To Begin with, the Sweet Grass”

The world has need of you. Loving the self is an essential practice that allows us to engage with the rest of the world with more clarity, more generosity, more trust. But let’s face it—it’s not easy. That’s why it’s a practice.

Join poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer for an afternoon of reading and writing poems about meeting the self with compassion and frankness. How might writing help us open our arms to ourselves the way we might for a child or lover or the planet? We’ll use metaphor and story to help us along—a chance to play. All levels of writing experience welcome. Please bring a journal and something to write with.

This workshop is a pay-what-you-can model, with options of:

  • $65 – Financial Assistance Needed
  • $80 – Standard Rate
  • $105 – Standard Rate + Pay-It-Foward (helps support someone else in financial need)
  • *If you are in need of a partial or full scholarship, please email us at
Falling in Love with the Broken World: More than a poetry reading
Saturday, Feb. 5
6 pm to 8 pm at Shyft at Mile High

“The more stuff you love, the happier you will be.”

         —Ross Gay, The Book of Delights

How you see the world—the way you meet even the smallest moment—affects everyone and everything in the world around you. The stories you tell yourself and others create the big conversation—what are we doing here? What does it mean to be alive? And practically speaking, how do we change our perspective? Join poet, storyteller and performer Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer for a playful, intimate evening of poetry and music that invites you to fall more deeply in love with yourself, with other’s, with the moment and the world. Tickets may be purchased for $10.


ROSEMERRY WAHTOLA TROMMER is a poet, storyteller, and performer. She served as the third Colorado Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015-2017), co-hosts Emerging Form (a podcast on creative process) and is co-founder of Secret Agents of Change (a surreptitious kindness cabal). Her poetry has appeared in O Magazine, A Prairie Home Companion, PBS News Hour, Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry,” and on river rocks. She has thirteen poetry collections, most recently Hush, winner of the Halcyon Prize for poems of human ecology. She’s been a storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival and Taos Storytelling Festival. Since 2006, she’s written a poem a day. One-word mantra: Okay. 

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