You’re invited to Stubborn Praise: An evening celebrating here and now through poetry with hosts Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and James Crews and special guest Naomi Shihab Nye

Monday, February 8, 2021
5 p.m. (PDT), 6 p.m (MDT), 7 p.m. (CDT), 8 p.m (EDT)

This event is FREE but registration is required:

Every (other) second Monday of the month, invite yourself to an evening of poetry that wholly meets the moment, its losses and fears, and helps us also to see small kindnesses, stubborn blessings, and renegade beauty. After the readings will be conversation harvested from questions and comments in Zoom chat. Though unlimited people may register, space is limited to 100, so be sure to show up on time! 

February’s guest, Naomi Shihab Nye, has written or edited more than thirty books, including nine anthologies of poems, and has been poetry editor for the Texas Observer and the New York Times Magazine. She is on faculty at Texas State University and has been a visiting writer all over the world, all her adult life. She is the author most recently of Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems.

The evening will begin with a few poems by each of the hosts, then a reading by Nye, and then a conversation between the three about poetry and how it is helping us meet this moment. 

Our guest for March 2021 (special edition!) will be Ellen Bass. 

This free event is hosted by SHYFT at Mile High, whose mission is to provide all people, regardless of ability to pay, with classes and programs proven to reduce stress, move through trauma, and create connection. This is a free offering that you can support through a donation:

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer lives in Placerville, Colorado, on the banks of the San Miguel River. She served as San Miguel County’s first poet laureate and as Western Slope Poet Laureate. She teaches poetry for mindfulness retreats, scientists, women’s retreats, teachers and private students. She believes in the power of practice and has been writing a poem a day since 2006. She has 12 collections of poetry, and her work has appeared in O Magazine, on A Prairie Home Companion and PBS NewsHour, and scrawled on river rocksHer most recent collection, Hush, won the Halcyon Prize, and Naked for Tea, was a finalist for the Able Music Book Award. She is the co-host of Emerging Form, a podcast on creative process, and co-founder of Secret Agents of Change, a group devoted to surreptitious acts of kindness. One-word mantra: Adjust

James Crews’ work has appeared in Ploughshares, Raleigh Review, Crab Orchard Review and The New Republic, as well as on Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry newspaper column. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Writing & Literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The author of three collections of poetry, The Book of What Stays (Prairie Schooner Prize and Foreword Book of the Year Citation, 2011), Telling My Father (Cowles Prize, 2017), and Bluebird, Crews is also editor of Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection. He leads Mindfulness & Writing workshops and retreats throughout the country and works as a writing coach with groups and individuals. He lives with his husband, Brad Peacock, in Shaftsbury, Vermont.