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Join Colorado Poet Laureate Aaron Abeyta for a poetry event and literary exploration of wildness, wilderness and the human condition. The event includes a writing workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Salida High School and an evening of poetry reading from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Salida Scout Hut, 210 E. Sackett Ave.

The event will begin with The Four Homes of Poetry, an afternoon writing workshop in which Professor Abeyta will examine the four cornerstones of poetry, analyze how acclaimed writers utilize these principles and explore ways writers of all levels may access these tools to improve their craft.

Afterward, Abeyta will present a poetry reading, Lean in and Listen with Aaron Abeyta, where he will recite selected pieces from his four books of poetry. “There is no other voice that conjures the sky and keeps count of stars as human migrations, moving, fading, and bursting anew, as Abeyta’s,” said Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate.

Aaron Abeyta is a professor of English at Adams State University and mayor of his hometown, Antonito. He is author of four collections of poetry and one novel. He received an American Book Award and the Colorado Book Award for his book “Colcha,” and he was a finalist for the 2007 Colorado Book Award and El Premio Aztlan for his novel “Rise, Do Not Be Afraid.” Abeyta was also awarded a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for poetry and was recently named the Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope by the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival.

The cost of the writing workshop is $20 for GARNA members and $25 for non-members. The evening of poetry reading will cost $12 for GARNA members and $15 for non-members. Fees support coordination and promotion of GARNA programs as well as continued stewardship of the Upper Arkansas River Valley.

Registration is required for both the workshop and the poetry reading. Register here for the workshop. Register here for the poetry reading. This event is handicap accessible. For more information or to request special assistance or accommodations, please call the GARNA office at 719-539-5106 or email

submitted by the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association