1st Saturday Poetry: Kierstin Bridger, Beth Paulson

Join Colorado Poets Kierstin Bridger -- reading from her book All Ember -- and Beth Paulson -- reading from her book Immensity -- for our First Saturday Poetry Series! Happy Hour mingling starts at 4:30, reading starts at 5:30. 

Kierstin Bridger is a Colorado writer and author of Demimonde (Lithic Press 2016) and All Ember (Urban Farmhouse Press). She has won the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize, the 2015 ACC Writer’s Studio award, an Anne LaBastille Poetry residency and was short-listed for the Manchester Poetry Competition in the UK. Bridger is editor of Ridgway Alley Poems and Co-Director of Open Bard Poetry Series. You can listen to her new podcast Poetry Voice with Kierstin Bridger and Uche Ogbuji and find both current and upcoming work in December, Contrary, and Painted Bride Quarterly and Prairie Schooner. She earned her MFA at Pacific University. Kierstinbridger.com

Praise for All Ember:

“Bridger, crafts for us a world that is filled with the memory of youth and its long reach into adulthood.  These poems are crafted by a mother, a daughter, a woman whose vision is of the interwoven, the profound, the sacred, and the impure. These poems take us from Kentucky to Colorado, from oil field to basketball court, from savory to sweet.  She does what all great poets do, she moves her readers through fire, aching and fear toward healing.  All Ember is, at its core, a series of odes to the body; Bridger brings the feminine, the feminist and the female into a brilliant and inexhaustible light.  Her sensory gifts are on full display in every poem; coupled with her brilliant ear, the succinct and subtle tones of these poems are unique and universal.”  - Aaron A. Abeyta, Author of colcha winner of the American Book Award and the Colorado book award and Rise, Do Not Be Afraid

"There is the map of who we are, and there’s another of whom we are supposed to be. But cartography is not taught to girls. So we take the wheel, hit the gas, and careen blindly past signs along the way: Slippery When Wet. Narrow Shoulder. Dead End. Suddenly we are women, unable to read the language of our own bodies, hear the tympani of our own hearts. In All Ember, Kierstin Bridger charts the course by dropping not breadcrumbs (we know how that one turned out), but hot, glowing coals. This elegant and gritty collection defies the three-part journey of the elevated, armored hero—bowing instead to daughters deep in moist forest duff, a way toward love that is not sailed, but crawled.” 

~ Amy Irvine author of Trespass winner of the Orion Book Award and the Colorado Book Award


Beth Paulson has been widely published over the last fifteen years in well over a hundred national literary journals and anthologies. Her poems have been four times nominated for Pushcart Prizes as well as Best of the Net. She has also been awarded prizes from West Side Books, Mesa State Festival, Mark Fischer Poetry Prize, Cloudbank, The Eleventh Muse, Passager, and the Naugatuck River Review. Her poetry has appeared in Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West (Houghton Mifflin, 2004), What Wildness is This: Women Write About the Southwest (University of Texas Press, 2007), What’s Nature Got To Do With Me? (Native West Press, 2011), and Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015). Beth’s most recent book is Immensity (Aldrich Press, 2016). Her four previous collections are The Truth About Thunder (Ponderosa Press, 2001), The Company of Trees (Ponderosa Press, 2004), Wild Raspberries (Plain View Press, 2009), and Canyon Notes (Mount Sneffels Press, 2012). Beth taught English at California State University Los Angeles for over 20 years. She currently lives in Ouray County, Colorado where she leads Poetica, a workshop for area writers, and co-directs the Open Bard Poetry Series.

In Immensity, Beth Paulson couples her poetic sensibility with a curiosity inspired by contemporary scientific theory. Moments in a life lived among the mountains and canyons of the American West and beyond are reflected in poems crafted to share both wonder and knowledge of the Universe. Flora and fauna mingle with force fields and dark matter as time and place become a poet’s anchors. In this new book deep experiences of nature, the beauty of art, and the search for love culminate in acceptance of the finitude of human life.

Event date: 
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
All Ember Cover Image
ISBN: 9781988214108
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Urban Farmhouse Press - December 15th, 2016