First Saturday Poetry

This month we welcome Erica Hoffmeister and Daniel Klawitter for our First Saturday Poetry Series!
Happy Hour mingling starts at 4:30, reading starts at 5:30.

About Erica: Erica Hoffmeister grew up in Southern California, but has been chasing that elusive concept of home since she witnessed the vast, east Texan sky bloom on her very first cross-country road trip at the age of seven. She is the author of two poetry collections: Lived in Bars (Stubborn Mule Press, 2019), and the prize-winning chapbook Roots Grew Wild (Kingdoms in the Wild, 2019). She holds an MFA in creative writing and a MA in English from Chapman University, and now teaches college English across the Denver Metro area. She writes in a variety of genres, from poetry to young adult fiction, and has had poetry, fiction, and non-fiction published in several journals and magazines both online and in print. She has been named a semi-finalist for the Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize (2016), received an honorable mention for the Lorian Hemingway Award for Short Fiction (2014), and has been twice nominated for Best of the Net. For now, she resides in Denver with her husband and two young daughters, perpetually missing home –wherever that feels like at the time. You can learn more about her and her work at

Lived in Bars is an exquisite road trip across America’s still-feral landscapes and people. The poems are a woman’s experience in lostness and finding: brutal and benevolent, in crisis and of tremendous grit.


About Daniel: Daniel Klawitter has been an actor, a union organizer for mental health care workers, the lead singer/lyricist of the indie rock band Mining for Rain, an ordained minister and preacher, and a poetry book reviewer for He is the author of four previous poetry collections and is the recipient of numerous awards, including: A Purple Dragonfly Book Award for excellence in Children’s Literature (for Put On Your Silly Pants, Daffydowndilly Press, 2016), and a Royal Dragonfly Book Award for Poetry (for Quiet Insurrections, White Violet Press, 2018). In addition, out of approximately 150 entries, his poem “Lunch at Corafaye’s” was one of only 11 poems chosen to be paired with a photographic interpretation by artist Sarah Jane Sanders and displayed on exhibit at the Norton Center for the Arts in Kentucky.

“There's no doubt kids will enjoy reading these charming poems, but you may want to buy an extra copy for yourself in case your kids won't share. Like Shel Silverstein before him, Klawitter plays to a child's funny bone as well as a child's thoughtfulness. An irresistible combination.” --Robert Schechter: Poet, translator, and winner of the 2016 X.J. Kennedy Parody Award.

Event date: 
Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 4:30pm
Lived in Bars Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950380367
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Published: Stubborn Mule Press - June 17th, 2019

The Trickster: Poems for Very Clever Children & Silly Adults Cover Image
By Daniel Klawitter, Robyn Crowell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781633633964
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Published: White Bird Publications - June 4th, 2019