Unchaste Readers: Open Mic and Reading

Join BookBar in welcoming the Unchaste Readers Series!

Unchaste is about promoting writing that takes risks--that shows the raw, vulnerable, ecstatic, complicated lives of women, gender non-binary and gender-noncomforming people.

This event will feature local writers and conclude with a reading from Colorado-born Jenny Forrester. She will be reading from Narrow River, Wide Sky: A Memoir. Jenny is the co-creator and curator of the Unchaste Readers Series.

5:30 pm open mic sign-up

6-6:30 open mic

6:30 to 7:30 reading

7:30 Q&A/Book Signing


Featured Authors in Reading Order:

Rowena Alegría is an award-winning reporter, editor, and columnist as well as mayoral speech writer and spokeswoman.  An adoptee, she has spent a lifetime trying to figure out where she fits and has only ever felt snug within the jagged white spaces of words on a page.  A candidate for an MFA in Fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts with a degree expected May 2018, she's at work on a novel that plays with form and the history of the Southwest.  She also serves as Fiction Editor for IAIA’s Mud City Journal.  She lives in Denver.

Dianna Vagianos Armentrout is a writer, teacher, workshop facilitator and poetry therapist. Dianna’s pregnancy with her daughter, Mary Rose, who died an hour after birth of trisomy 18, changed her life and writing completely. Her memoir Walking the Labyrinth of My Heart: A Journey of Pregnancy, Grief and Newborn Death was published in 2015 to support others going through pregnancies with life-limiting and fatal diagnosis. Her poems and short fiction are published in several journals and anthologies including The Vermont Literary Review, The Connecticut Review, Melusine or Women in the 21st century, Sacred Fire Magazine and Inkwell. As a poet and teacher, she believes that everyone has the inherent gift of poetry. Her workshops create the space for people to be still and access their own words, images and metaphors as they step into their healing. Dianna is currently writing a novel about her female Greek ancestors. She lives in Littleton, Colorado, and blogs at www.diannavagianos.com.

Sheryl Luna's Pity the Drowned Horses (University of Notre Dame Press) received the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Seven (3: A Taos Press) was also a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Recent poems have been published in PoetryTaos International Journal of Poetry and Art, and Saranac Review.

J.D. Mason is the author of more than twenty novels including Seducing Abby Rhodes, The Real Mrs. Price, That Devil's No Friend of Mine, You Gotta Sin to Get Saved, This Fire Down in My Soul, Don't Want No Sugar, And On the Eighth Day She Rested, and The Woman Trapped in the Dark scheduled for release in September 2018. During her career J.D. has been nominated for The Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards in the African American Fiction and Best Contemporary Fiction categories. Her work has appeared on bestseller lists for Barnes and Noble, the Denver Post, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com.  In addition, she has also been featured in USAToday, Essence, and Pride Magazine in the U.K..

Jenny Forrester has been published in a number of print and online publications, including Seattle’s City Arts Magazine, Nailed Magazine, Hip Mama, The Literary Kitchen, Indiana Review, and Columbia Journal. Her work is included in the Listen to Your Motheranthology published by Putnam. She curates the Unchaste Readers Series. Hawthorne Books published her debut memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky in spring 2017.

Please note: The content of this reading may be mature. BookBar is an all ages venue.


March 4th - 6 pm - 8 pm

Event date: 
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 6:00pm
Narrow River, Wide Sky: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997068351
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hawthorne Books - May 2nd, 2017