29th Annual Colorado Poetry Rodeo
Friday April 21st
6 pm-2 am $10
The Colorado Poetry Rodeo (Podeo) celebrates its 29th annual event with an evening of multi-dynamic performances including some of the region's most engaging poets and performers of poetry and spoken word. Event goes from 6pm to 2am presenting a wide range of featured work and open mic readers at Denver's legendary Mercury Cafe (2199 California Street). Admission is $10.
Event opens at 6pm with ensemble Art Compost & the Word Mechanics in a musical-poetry jam paying Tribute to Poets Past of Denver.
From 8-10-30 a range of works include: performance poetry features, some of which integrate elements of music and dance, with sets by Roseanna Frechette, Wayne Gilbert, Jonathan Montgomery, Mila Popovich, M.D. Friedman, SETH, Marilyn Megenity; flash fiction readings by Nancy Stohlman, Hillary Leftwich, David Atkinson, Stina French; words of Stories Stories host Ed Ward; as well as sets by noted poets Les Reed, Carolyn Reed, Sean McAllister, Jimi Bernath, Ted Vaca, Emily Wiechec. As Denver's slam community prepares to host this summer's National Poetry Slam 2017, Mercury Cafe Slam Poets and Slam Nuba will share the stage with members of Denver's youth slam team Minor Disturbance. Hosts for these feature hours are veteran performance poets SETH and Roseanna Frechette.
At 10:30pm the (free) Friday Night Open Mic takes place.
Colorado Poetry Rodeo was first presented by KUVO Radio in 1989 with a statewide call for submissions. Selected poets were then recorded and aired on the station throughout April (National Poetry Month) with the month-long celebration culminating in a marathon poetry reading open to the community. Since that first KUVO-sponsored year, this annual community event has been kept alive by various organizers and hosts including the late poet Woody Hildebrant, Mercury Cafe owner Marilyn Megenity, Jam Before the Slam hosts SETH, Roseanna Frechette, and others.