First Saturday Poetry Series

Local poets Wayne Gilbert, SETH, and Judyth Hill will be reading from their collections of poetry Magmamystic, A Black Odyssey, and Dazzling Wobble respectively. Bar specials from 5-6 and readings from 6-7.

Wayne A. Gilbert (aka magmapoet) taught creative writing, literature and composition for 34 years, 26 of those at the Community College of Aurora in Colorado.  Some of Wayne’s former students are nationally-ranked slam poets, and he has urged numerous other writers out of the poetry-closet.  Wayne has published two books of poems, magmamystic and From the Ashes.  Performances of his work are legendary in the Denver area, and a short poetry video by Scott Dressel-Martin of Wayne performing his poem “avant-garde repercussion”  is available on-line.

Since 1996, Wayne has also been a university graduate instructor in educational psychology.  He currently works with two alternative residential teacher preparation programs.  Wayne has extensive experience in faculty/staff development.  Most recently he prepared and taught a workshop called “Self-Care for Teachers.”

Wayne has performed in all 13 annual shows of Art as Action (www.artasaction.org), and serves as v.p. of their Board of Directors.  He is also co-founder and dancer in their Dance for PD affiliate class,Reconnect with Your Body (http://artasaction.org/programs/reconnect.html)

Wayne is a member and co-founder of Us-in-a-Box Theatre Workshop, which  is a group of actor-writers who create and produce original performance pieces.  They’ve produced 5 play-length pieces in 3 years.

The Institute for Poetic Medicine gave Wayne a grant to lead monthly poetry session at Sterling Correctional Facility with poet-offenders.  The project is called UnLocked:  Discovering Inner Resources for Personal Transformation through Reading and Writing Poetry.

In 2005, Wayne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  He has a growing collection of p.d. poems he calls, “Rant, Chants and the Parkie Dance.”  He enjoys sharing them with others struggling with Parkinson’s.  His writing practice, teaching, and his performing arts projects keep him going!

Mr. Gilbert builds his psalmic structures on the cracked foundations, charred timbers of post-religious, scorched earth prairie chapels. Open field, wind swept grieving with leather handed clarity. Bold views of heart truths. Charles Rourke

What wayne gilbert gives us in this long breath-tightly packed short book of verse is a fresh yet ancient unifying, at times frighteningly glum, awareness of death, particularly the death of a loved one (with whom he had a complicated relationship) & its impending aftermath. weaving through these poems are the sad threads of gilbert's music & melancholia as well as his anger, angst & abundant tenderness at once unique & yet universal. what he achieves is a balance between the physical & metaphysical~ Steve Dalachinksy, NYC jazz poet

If you want to get at the meaning of (his) work, you’ll need to chant it—breathe in its meaning.  Anthony Guilbert

Poet, fiction writer, producer, actor and musician SETH has carved a niche for himself as one of Colorado’s best known and innovative performers of poetry and spoken word. 

From 1991-2000, SETH was a member of Open Rangers, a revolving door of poets, actors, musicians, dancers and other performance artists whose expressed mission was to render poetry more entertaining and thus more accessible to general audiences. Over its lifespan, Open Rangers was responsible for such innovative “Poetry Theatre” productions as JoY is the Name of a Child, Poetic License, Reign of the Scar Clan (“Best Poetry Performance” 1995 Westword) and Random Axe of Rhyme. 
    While a member of Open Rangers, SETH joined Jafrika, a critically-acclaimed performance art trio traveling the state presenting what the The Rocky Mountain News dubbed “original music, provocative dance and poignant poetry”, listing Jafrika as among Denver’s finest cultural offerings. SETH was also a member of Denver’s National Slam Team from 2000-2002.
    Currently SETH  spearheads Art Compost & the Word Mechanics, an improvisational poetic-musical ensemble performing Sunday nights at the Mercury Café. Their CD Love, Death & Poetry won Westword’s Best of Denver 2005 for Spoken Word CD.
    Seth's collected work, A Black Odyssey, is a diverse, vibrant book modeled on Homer’s ancient epic, using it as an allegorical scaffolding for his own experience as a Black man in contemporary America. 
To hear SETH with Art Compost, visit www.wagingart.com.

Judyth Hill, poet, author, editor, writing teacher, lives in the magnificent ponderosa and aspen covered mountains of Northern Colorado. Educated at Sarah Lawrence College; she studied with poets Robert Bly and Galway Kinnell, and Deep Ecologist, Dolores Lachapelle, and is the recipient of grants from the Witter Bynner Poetry Foundation, and New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities. 

She served as Literary Projects Director for New Mexico Office of Cultural Affairs, and is the current President of PEN International in San Miguel.  

        Judyth conducts poetry workshops at writing conferences internationally, is an annual Poet-in-Residence at schools in the United States, offers writing classes online at www.judythhill.com, and on-going classes in San Miguel. She leads WildWriting Culinary Adventures around the world, www.eat-write-travel.com.

Her nine published books of poetry include Men Need Space; Dazzling Wobble and Tzimzum. Her newest book, Love Called Me Here, is forthcoming in 2015. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed poem, Wage Peace, published around the world; set to music, performed and recorded by national choirs and orchestras.

Judyth was described by the St. Helena Examiner as, "Energy with skin”, and by the Denver Post as, “A tigress with a pen”.

Event date: 
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
4280 Tennyson St.
Denver, CO 80212
A Black Odyssey: Collected Poems Cover Image
By Seth
$15.00
ISBN: 9780988227927
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mercury Heartlink - September 17th, 2012

Dazzling Wobble Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781938853180
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Futurecycle Press - January 25th, 2013