Curated by Alya Howe Featured Poets James Nave and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
James Navé is one of the pioneers of the American spoken word movement. He is the Director of The Taos Storytelling Festival and the Taos Poetry Festival. He co-founded Poetry Alive!, a theater company which has performed poetry for millions of students over the past 30 years. With Julia Cameron, he founded and directed The Artist’s Way Creativity Camp in Taos. He is on the advisory board of LEAF International based in Asheville, NC and has been the LEAF Festival Poetry Slam emcee since the festival began in 1995. He also hosts Twice-5-Miles Radio: Fertile ground for conversations worth having on WPVMFM. Navé holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has memorized over 500 poems.
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer’s poetry has appeared in O Magazine, TEDx, Rattle, in back alleys, on A Prairie Home Companion and on river rocks around town. Her poems have been described as “a deep oasis for all who seek to experience the sacred in every moment.” In 2015, she was appointed Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope and used the position to launch “Heard of Poets,” an interactive poetry map of Western Colorado poets. She directed the Telluride Writers Guild for 10 years and now co-directs the Talking Gourds Poetry Club and is poetry editor of Edible Southwest. Since 2006, she’s written a poem a day. Favorite themes include parenting, gardening, mountains, love, failure and daily life. She and her husband live with their children in Placerville.www.wordwoman.com
Curated by ALYA HOWE – UK born dance,performance artist. Alya Howe, an award recipient for her Performance Art both nationally and internationally has performed with companies and in her own works through out the USA and Europe. Dancing with modern dance greats, the Jose Limon Dance Company, Kei Takei; and improvising for tabla legend Zakir Hussein. Alya has been a part of the tradition of Salon’s since childhood and was a member of the famous London Salon “606”. Relocating from teaching at the State Ballet School in Greece to Philadelphia to join Danceteller and to teach at the Laban Inst. NYC she later moved to the Roaring Fork Valley to raise her daughter and transition from a hectic performing career. Founder of Under Alya’s Umbrella a performing arts organization under which Alya is currently the performing arts programmer of 3 local series; the Poetry Brothel, Writ Large; a storytelling slam and co curating the Salon with composer Andrea Clearfield; Recently Alya has been artist residence at the Launch Pad, Carbondale where she had sell out performances for her Dance Initiative commissioned works “Vacuum” and “the HEaRD”. Alya presented dance, storytelling and poetry at the recent Colorado Creative Industries Summit. She was a featured poet at local 5 point Film Festival, WildFest and Mountain Fair. Traveling to India where she worked with a women group in sharing the work Vacuum inspired at how through the arts we can bridge cultural differences. Alya is working on a new work “Nature in Translation” commissioned by Wilderness Workshop featuring the works of sculptors Charmaine Locke and James Surls premiering Friday September 15th. Recently Alya returned from Amsterdam where she studied GAGA dance and GAGA people and hopes to further her studies in this form which she will be using in her new collaboration with Thunder River Theatre Company’s director Corey Simpson to open in the early fall called “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”. Alya’s dream is to create a small mountain town performing arts circuit giving local performers the opportunity to perform. This dream is beginning to be realized as Under Alya’s Umbrellas Programing is now being presented by both the Wheeler Opera House in the Sunset Sessions and by Carbodnale Arts at the Launchpad. – More at www.alyahowe.org