13 Literary Events to Know About – April 2019

April is the cruelest month. To lighten things up a bit, here’s some great literary spots to seek shelter.

‘The Trial of George Jacobs Sr. for Witchcraft, August 5, 1692’; painting by Tompkins Harrison Matteson, 1885

First Saturday Poetry Open Mic (Book Bar)
Saturday April 6, 2019 430p-630p Free

In celebration of National Poetry Month, bookstore/bar hybrid Book Bar is inviting poets out to share their work. Poets are given up to ten minutes to read.

Mutiny Book Club Chapter 12 (Designated Drunkard/ Rotten Girl Press)
Sunday April 7, 2019 4p-5p Free

In celebration of one year of Mutiny Book Club, a monthly event and podcast, hosts Jen Kolic, Byron Graham, and JD Lopez are taking on a big book that everyone has heard of but not many people have read: The Count of Monte Cristo.

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Liminal: Expectations, a storytelling event (Stain’d & Soul Stories)
Friday April 12, 2019 7p-930p $15

We exist in grey space. Come explore that with two local groups creating big conversations. “Eight storytellers will come together on this evening to share their personal stories about expectations. Enjoy these dynamic storytellers as they unspool their words, their story on stage.”


DINK Comic & Art Expo 2019
Saturday April 13, 2019 10am – Sunday April 14, 2019 6pm $15 or more depending on package

Everyone’s favorite indie comic and art festival returns to the McNichols building with a lovely lineup of artists, writers and more. Make sure to stop by the Suspect Press booth for the new Spring issue!

Book Release for Christopher Rosales & Brandi Homan (Counterpath)
Friday April 12, 2019 7p-10p Free

Come to Counterpath to celebrate the release of two new novels: Word Is Bone by Christopher David Rosales (Broken River Books) and Burn Fortune by Brandi Homan (CLASH Books). Local writer Hillary Leftwich will be reading as well!

Paint Chip Poetry for National Poetry Month (ReCreative Denver)
Sunday April 14, 2019 1p-3p $10

How do you describe a color? ReCreative Denver asks just that with this daytime event where poets, artists and anyone else who’d like to are given the opportunity to create verbal and visual poems.


BAFS NatPoMo Writing Marathon
Sunday April 14, 2019 2p-6p Free

Beyond Academia Free Skool (BAFS) is a literary collective that hosts free events all year long throughout Colorado. This time, host Marcus If and BAFS ask the question how many poems can you write in four hours? Come by Boulder Public Libary to find out. Can’t make the event? Consider supporting BAFS annual membership drive.

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Double Trouble at the F-Bomb with readings by Shelby Yaffe/David Yaffe and Nick Morris/Kona Morris

F-Bomb: The Night of Two Yaffes and Two Morrises
Tuesday April 16, 2019 7p-10p Free

F-Bomb is a literary giant in this city, and this month it’s a two two-headed giants. Come out for the flash fiction open mic and stick around for readings by David Yaffe, Shelby Yaffe, Kona Morris and Nick Morris.

Poetry Rodeo celebrates its 31st year at the Mercury Cafe. Art by Sarah Penney

31st Annual Colorado Poetry Rodeo
Saturday April 20, 2019 11a-1a $10

For 31 years, poets have gathered at the Mercury Cafe in the heart of Denver to celebrate our literary community. Come out for a day of workshops and readings, including poets Roseanna Frechette, Tameca L Coleman, ellie swensson, Art Compost & The Word Mechanics among many many more.

At the Inkwell Denver: Iglesias, Prabasi, La Tray
Saturday April 20, 2019 4p-6p Free

Three readers from parts unknown are gathering to share their work with Denver through At The Inkwell, a longstanding reading series hosted out of Counterpath. From 4p-6p, this event ends early enough to keep the rest of your Saturday evening open. Hosted by Hillary Leftwich.

Meet the Mags: Volume 2 (Syntax Physic Opera)
Saturday April 20, 2019 6p-8p Free

If you’ve ever wondered who exactly is putting together books and magazines in Denver and the front range, then this is the event for you. This event hosts a lineup of readings and tables from Sherriff Nottingham, Stain’d Arts, F(r)iction, Punch Drunk Press, Coffee People Zine, is PRESS, Spaceboy Books, Pollux Zine, New Skin Magazine, The Yellow Rake and yours truly, Suspect Press.

Thursday April 25, 2019 8p-11p $5 Suggested

Punch Drunk Press has rescheduled its second anniversary event to April 25th at Tennyson’s Tap. Come out to celebrate two years of poetry and publishing with performances from Jake Riley & Elijah Goldman AKA Brothership, Estefania Muñoz, Marthé Ndongala, Black Market Translation, Blake Marcelle, Magic Mo and many more to be announced! Hosted by PDP Editor-In-Chief Sarah Rodriguez.

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“You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” -Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver Memorial Reading (Innisfree)
Tuesday April 30, 2019 5p-7p Free

Mary Oliver is a titan in the world of poetry. Innisfree Poetry Cafe invites you to come share a favorite poem of hers and celebrate a life of words.

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