Crestone Poetry Festival

Event Details

The Crestone Poetry Festival (Poem Fest) will be taking place in historic downtown Crestone this coming February 23-25. The three-day event will be a gathering of regional poets, many of whom are affiliated with writing programs at Adams State University, Western Colorado State University, Fort Lewis College, Colorado College, and Colorado State University (Pueblo). The event will begin on Friday evening February 23 at 7 pm with a program of southwestern poets featuring John Brandi and Renee Gregorio of El Rito, NM and Aaron Abeyta, the mayor of Antonito, CO and professor of English and creative writing at Adams State. Master of ceremonies Peter Anderson of Crestone, one of the festival organizers and also a writing instructor at Adams State, hopes to introduce some aspiring poets from the Crestone Charter School as well. The evening performance will be followed by Rhythm and News, a percussion and poetry event, which will include some open mic time for local and visiting poets.
On Saturday morning February 24, a variety of writing workshops will be offered in various downtown venues from 9-12. On Saturday afternoon, from 1 to 5, featured Colorado poets will alternate reading with open mic participants. Saturday evening’s reading, also at 7, will feature native voices from around the American Southwest. Shortly after the evening reading, former Western Slope poet laureates Art Goodtimes and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer will host and  animate a jazz and poetry event at the Crestone Brewing Company. Art Goodtimes will also be closing out the weekend with a “Talking Gourds” poetry circle on Sunday morning February 25 from 10 to 12.
Details on times, venues, and admission for single events as well as weekend passes will be available soon online. Anyone wishing to volunteer, participate, provide housing for visiting poets or make a donation to the event can email Peter Anderson at

Date(s) - February 23
7:00 pm

Cost (if any)