Date(s) - June 17, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Letterpress & Publick House
Continuing its mission of showcasing the region’s best writers, OpenSpace will host the third installment of its ongoing series that places singer-songwriters, authors and poets on the same bill June 17.
The event, which is free to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. at Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House (316 Willow Street), and gathers poets and singer-songwriters for a night of cross-pollination and inspiration for the Fort Collins arts community. Scheduled to read are Felicia Zamora and Joanna Doxey, while Denver/Fort Collins act Porlolo and Fort Collins’ The Ugly Architet will perform solo sets. Following the precedent set by earlier events, which featured Stephen Graham Jones, Nadalands, Jack Martin and Justin Roth, among others, it’s presented as an opportunity for fans of the arts to enjoy Colorado talent in a comfortable setting.
“We want to make this as easy as possible for everyone to enjoy,” co-organizer Matt Schild said. “Kathleen [Willard, co-creator] engineered this to be early, free and a quick introduction to the artists we present so audiences can experience music, poetry and literature without interfering with other weekend plans.”
The lineup for the third installment is arguably the most talented bill OpenSpace’s organizers have curated yet. Award-winning poet and 2017 Fort Collins Poet Laureate, Felicia Zamora will read from her newest book, Of Form & Gather, which won the 2016 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize from the University of Notre Dame Press. Of Form & Gather was chosen by NBC News as one of the “9 Outstanding Latino Books Recently Published by Independent and University Presses”. In 2017, Zamora will publish two book length poetry books & in Open, Marvel, by Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press and Instruments of Gaps by Slope Editions. She has also published two novels and is the associate poetry editor of the Colorado Review.
Joanna Doxey’s Plainspeak, WY was published in Great Britain by Playtpus Press. Her book documents the brutally harsh winters of the Wyoming landscape and is a mediation of self as wilderness. It is a book of recollection, of broken hearts and slowly changing landscapes. Critics write, Doxy’s work documents how “the human and landscape fuse in the vast horizontal aspect of the western plains and is haunted by various departures—ice, star, love and lover.”
Erin Roberts marshalled an ever-shifting lineup of musicians to flesh out Porlolo since 2002. Located variously in Denver, Portland, Ore. and Fort Collins, the band has toured nationally, released four EPs and albums, including the most recent EP, Everything Barely, which was recorded by James Barone (Tennis).
The Ugly Architect is the name of William S. Knudsen’s solo material. Joined by a variety of Fort Collins players, the band formed in 2015, and quickly became a fixture in the Northern Colorado indie-folk scene. Knudsen has toured and released an eponymous EP and a handful of singles.
Formed on a whim at a writers’ community meeting by poet Kathleen Willard and novelist/musician Matt Schild, OpenSpace looks to remove the barriers traditionally placed in front of experiencing readings and live music: cost, late start times, lengthy running times are all eliminated in OpenSpace productions. Working to connect lovers of poetry, music and prose with similarly minded fans and creators, OpenSpace has established itself as one of the preeminent curators of Colorado culture, showcasing sets by Stephen Graham Jones, Nadalands, Jack Martin and Justin Roth, among others.