First Saturday Poetry Series

Every first Saturday we host poets!

This month come to hear from Erika Moss Gordon and Rosemerry Trommer. Erika will be reading from her book Phases and Rosemerry will be reading from her book Naked for Tea.

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer has 11 collections of poetry, most recently Naked for Tea (Able Muse Press, 2018). She served as the third Colorado Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015-2017) and is poetry editor for the gourmet magazine Edible Southwest. She teaches poetry for 12-step recovery programs, hospice, mindfulness retreats, women’s retreats and more. One-word mantra: Adjust. You can watch her Ted Talk here: The Art of Changing Metaphors: TEDX Rosemerry Trommer

About Naked for Tea: 

In this collection of poems, Colorado poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer invites the reader again and again to show up vulnerably to meet the messes of the world. With themes including parenting, failure, gardening, literature, and nature, this collection is a “never-ending waterfall of wonder,” says best-selling author and Wayne Muller in the foreword. “Pay attention,” he writes. “The elegance of her simplicity will blind you to her mastery. Then, she will let you fall, head over heels, in Love. With everything. You have been warned.”  

Erika Moss Gordon lives in Ridgway, CO with her two short and beautiful muses, where she writes poetry, works for an international film festival, teaches yoga, and resists daily the current administration with all her might.  Erika’s writing has appeared in Mountain Gazette Magazine, Fungi Magazine, Telluride Watch, Telluride Magazine, Telluride Inside and Out, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Salmonberry Arts and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, a collection of poetry. Her most recent book, Phases, was winner of the Fledge Chapbook Award, published by Middle Creek Publishing in 2016. Her first chapbook, Of Eyes and Iris, was published in 2013 (Liquid Light Press).  

About Phases: Simultaneously sensual and meditative, these poems honor the sense of the sacred in daily life.  With awareness of one’s interiority mirrored in the external environment, Gordon explores the delights of the natural world, of love and the beauty of the human spirit.  A celebration of mystery, deeply mindful, in a modern mountain-west mode.

The tight simplicity of Gordon’s lines are as unclouded as the Colorado sky.  These poems allow frailty to become elegance, their inner resilience unfolding a potency rooted in place and moment.  Skillfull line-breaks imbue her work with a fixed-economy of words treasured by minimalist, rewarding the inquisitive reader with added meaning and shadow.

A sense of the untamed in the domestic and the familiar in the wild, this collection flows with a continuity as unforced as a mountain stream, each poem service as either a pool or a series of small, uncontrived cascades.


Meet in BookBar's lounge for mingling at 4:30 pm and the reading at 5:30 pm!

Event date: 
Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 4:30pm
Phases Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523275847
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 7th, 2016

Naked for Tea Cover Image
ISBN: 9781773490168
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Able Muse Press - July 9th, 2018