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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
October 6 -28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

performances
October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

special events
November 17

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Maureen Owen

Maureen Owen was born in 1943 in Graceville, Minnesota. She grew up on California's horseracing tracks where her parents were horsetrainers. She attended Seattle University and San Francisco State University before moving to Japan in 1965 and then to New York and Connecticut. In 1969, Owen began publishing and editing Telephone Books and Telephonemagazine, a press and magazine that began in mimeograph format, and has edited thirty titles of the press and nineteen issues of the magazine to date. She received a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc. in 1999. She has worked as Program Coordinator at the St. Mark's Poetry Project in NY and served on the Board of the Poetry Project and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines—both as a member and as a vice-chairperson. She has taught a number of creative writing workshops including for children and seniors. Her academic career includes teaching courses in creative writing and research at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1999, as well as mentoring workshops at Swarthmore College and St. Joseph's College in Connecticut. She now lives in Denver and teaches at Naropa University.

Her title Amelia Earhart won a Before Columbus American Book Award for Poetry. Her Selected poems, American Rush, was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize in April, 1999. Her most recent publication, Erosion's Pull, Coffee House Press (2006), was a Colorado Book Award and Balcones Poetry Prize finalist.
 

Selected Poems

Whenever I snow


Maureen Owen

 

I think of Black
Beauty
when he was
pulling a cab

standing
streetside
under a lamppost
his dark harness gathering flakes
a jet horse becoming white                 powder

a dark horse
disappearing