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Traveling Gourds poetry tour to make Paonia stop

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"Giving poets exposure to audiences in far-flung Colorado communities, and giving local audiences examples of performance poetry in action, has been the motivating impulse behind the Telluride Institute's Traveling Gourds Tour," explained Talking Gourds co-director, Art Goodtimes.

Luis Lopez of Grand Junction and Val Szarek of Louisville, will share the spotlight as featured guest poets in Telluride, Norwood, Paonia and Fruita, Oct. 24-27.

"There's been a few adjustments to our schedule," said Goodtimes. "We've moved our Norwood reading to Wednesday nights, while continuing Tuesdays in Telluride, Thursdays in Paonia, and Fridays in Fruita.

The monthly tour begins at the Telluride Arts Gallery at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24; moves to a new venue on Wrights Mesa outside Norwood at Million Miles Away, located at 1150 County Road Z42, starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25; appears at the Paonia Library beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26; and has its grand finale in Fruita, Friday, Oct. 27, in the Lithic Bookstore & Gallery at 7 p.m.

The theme for the evening is "Friendship." Bring poems of others or one's own on this theme to read at the Gourd Circle after the featured poet at the Telluride, Norwood and Paonia readings.

For information on the Paonia event, contact Tara Miller at 970-527-6570.

For the rest of the winter, the tour reverts to events in Telluride. The Traveling Gourds Tour may end in March of next year with Jennifer Rane Hancock of Grand Junction, unless a source of permanent funding can be found.

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