Denver has an incredible literary community with a lot going on. To make things easier for you, Suspect Press has compiled a list of 13 choice events in March 2019 to know about it.
Mutiny Poetry Series #1 (Suspect Press) Wednesday March 6th, 2019, 7p-9p, Mutiny Information Cafe, $: Free
This new series, hosted by our namesake, is the launch of a monthly event featuring some of Denver’s best poets and writers. This first event will feature local authors who have recently published poetry collections, including Erica Hoffmeister, Sarah DG LaRue, Bethany Moore, Steve Shultz, Mathias Svalina, Dalton Telschow, and Varinia A. Rodriguez.
WRITE CLUB Denver: Rewind, Fast Forward (Write Club)
Thursday March 7th, 2019, 6:30p-8p, Syntax Physic Opera, $: $10
We probably shouldn’t be talking about Write Club, but we are anyway. This monthly series hosted out of Syntax Physic Opera pits two writers against each other, each given seven minutes to speak on such topics as “Floppy Disk versus Cloud” or “Mixtape versus Playlist.” Who will take home the coveted giant trophy? Only one way to find out. This month’s lineup includes Nicci Guagliardo, Paul Twarowski, Chad MacNaughton, Joy Carletti and Lauren Condi.
Queen City Companion (Rotten Girl Press) Thursday March 7th, 2019 8p-10p, Mutiny Information Cafe, $: Free
Billed as “an all-false storytelling show,” Queen City Companion hosts some of Denver’s finest writers, comedians, poets and performers sharing their writing, all recorded to podcast. Featuring Emery Pace Archer, Kira MagCalen, Andres Becerril, Brad Galli and the triumphant return of Lord Humphrey Sliptickle, reading his always thrilling Victoria erotica.
Queer Voices: A Reading by Local LGBTQ poets and Authors Saturday March 9th, 2019, 1130a-12:45p, Koelbel Building at CU Room 302, $: Free
Local poet and artist Jona Fine will be hosting a reading of Queer Voices as part of CU Boulder’s Transforming Gender Conference. Readers include Gwendalynn Roebke, Mick McClelland, ellie swensson, Elana Lev Friedland, Harris Armstrong, Blake Marcelle, Kolyah Shoni, and host Jona Fine.
Reading: Dopeboy/ctch bsnss/Nate Perkins/Roland (Trident Press)
Friday, March 8th, 2019, 7p-9p, Trident Booksellers Boulder
Local authors Big Bruiser Dope Boy, Ctch Bsnss, Nate Perkins and G.G. Roland will be reading at Trident Booksellers up in Boulder. Many of these authors recently published books. This lineup is quite the eclectic mix of the sacred, the profane, and everything inbetween.
Frozen Dead Poet Slam (Beyond Academia Free Skool) Sunday March 10th, 2019, 2p-6p, First Street Nederland, $: Free
Each year, Nederland hosts Frozen Dead Guy Days, a celebration of, well, a frozen dead guy. As part of the celebration a plethora of poets dress as their favorite dead poets and perform in the streets, all hoping to win the slam. This year’s lineup includes Sylvia Plath, Edna St. Vincent Millay, William Shakespeare, Ray Carver, Federico Garcia Lorca, Mary Oliver, and your host, Charles Bukowski.
DEATH HORSE 9 – Adam Fagin, Mike Young & Elizabeth Robinson
Saturday March 9th, 2019, 630p-8p, Bar Max, $: Free
Death Horse, hosted by local poet Sommer Browning, will be presenting its 9th edition of readings in the basement of Bar Max. This edition’s readers including Adam Fagin, Mike Young & Elizabeth Robinson. I recommend grabbing a fancy grilled cheese before heading downstairs for always impactful readings in an intimate space.
Punketry! (Punch Drunk Press) Tuesday March 12th, 2019, 7:15p-9:30p, Mutiny Information Cafe, $: $5 suggested donation
Punk meets poetry in this series going on just under two years strong. Four featured poets (Cal Hoffman, Varinia Rodriguez, Jade Lascelles and Frankie Met) will be performing over the psychpunk sounds of Black Market Translation, voted Denver’s best boy band by many accredited sources.
Writing in Color: A Mixer for Colorado Writers of Color (Lighthouse Writers Workshop)
Friday March 15th, 2019, 5:30p-7:30p, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, $: Free
Poet Suzi Q. Smith will be hosting a gathering for writers of color every third Friday at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. At this event, writers can ” share ideas, inspirations, process, successes, challenges, resources, and talk about the future. We might even set aside some quiet time to write.”
Stain’d Arts Open Mic at Whittier (Stain’d Arts) Friday March 15th, 2019, 7p-9:30p, Whittier Cafe, $: $5-10 Suggested Donation
Stain’d Arts presents an open mic at the Whittier Cafe every third Friday of the month. This month’s feature is Nyankor Ajuaj, “an artist & muse based in Denver, CO. She loves existential crisis in nature, long jogs to nowhere, and chasing sunsets. Her work is inspired by Mother Earth & Grandmother Moon’s beauty, who she believes are the greatest artists & muses. She wants her art and life to be as colorful as the Earth & breathtaking as the moon.” I suggest grabbing a matcha latte and grabbing a seat early at this popular open mic.
Kruhaus: A Quarterly Gathering (Bolder Writers Warehouse, Kleft Jaw Press) Friday March 22nd, 2019, 7:30p-10p, Hooked on Colfax, $: Free
Local literary outlets Bolder Writers Warehouse and Kleft Jaw Press present their quarterly gathering of writers and poets at Hooked on Colfax. This event keeps the writing coming with performances from John Burroughs, Jason Hardung, Kristine Otero, Lindsey Thomas, Zophia McDougal, Kenning JP Garcia, Hillary Leftwich, Jay Halsey, Jonathan Montgomery, Blake Marcelle, Sarah Richards Graba, Shelley Chernin, Chris Chady, Rosie Reynolds, Jesse Lee Pacheco, Natalie Sharp and possibly more! Hosted by Ellie Swensson and Frankie Met.
Never Lose Your Music Book Swap
Saturday March 23rd, 2019, 5p-8p, The Corner Beet, $: Free
Never Lose Your Music is a Colorado charity promoting a better community through random acts of kindness. On March 23rd, they are hosting an event at Corner Beet at 14th and Ogden where you can “snag a free book, trade with others, or just chat about your favorite authors and titles. All donations go towards the Never Lose Your Music fund, supporting teens in the arts.
Punchapalooza 2019 (Punch Drunk Press)
Thursday March 28th, 2019, 8p-11p, Tennyson’s Tap, $: $5 Suggested Donation
Editor-in-Chief Sarah Rodriguez and the Punch Drunk Press crew are celebrating two years of publishing, events and more with a night of music, poetry, art and a Punketry open mic. A $5 suggested donation goes towards supporting the press’ second annual anthology of poetry.