by Colin Bridgman, staff writer
It’s National Poetry Month!
This Saturday, the first-ever Pikes Peak Poetry Summit is set to take place at Knights of Columbus Hall, 20 W. Pikes Peak Ave., from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The fest, organized by Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Ashley Cornelius, is a great opportunity to interact with local poetry and poets. If you have ever wanted to learn about poetry, this is a wonderful spot. The Summit is open to people of all experience levels and will feature performances, panels of local poets (to include Brook Bhagat and Michael Ferguson of PPCC), and writing workshops.
9:00 am Attendees arrive
9:45 am Welcome, intro, and housekeeping
10:00 am Keynote & Performance by Ashley Cornelius
10:30 am Performance by Bobby LeFebre, Colorado State Laureate
10:50 am Break
11:00 am Moderated Panel of Local Poets (Nico Wilkinson, Nate Marshall, Brook Bhagat, Rosegold Poet, Chris Beasley)
11:55 am Performance by Michael Ferguson
12:00 pm Lunch
(Musical Artist) Quincy Stewart
12:45pm Speakeasy performance
1:00 pm Moderated Panel of Past Poet Laureates (Susan Pfieffer, Jim Ciletti and Ashley Cornelius)
A: Random Poetry Generation Workshop with Andrew Ziegler
B: Poetry as Activism Workshop with Ashley Cornelius
2:15 pm Sessions
A: Metaphor with Nico Wilkinson
B: Writing Workshop with David-Elijah Brown
2:15 pm-3:45 pm Session
C: Haiku Workshop with Cynthia Chung Ali
3:00 pm Session
A: Zine Making Workshop with Pikes Peak Zine Fest
3:45 pm Closing and performance by Ashley Cornelius
There will be bagels and coffee for breakfast and food trucks for lunch.
If poetry performances pique your interest, or you have always wanted to learn how to write sonnets or free verse, this Summit is for you. For more information check out: https://ppld.librarymarket.com/pikes-peak-poetry-summit.