Poetry Fest

    November 4–5, 2023


    A weekend of poetry featuring Dan Beachy-Quick, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Andrea Gibson, Carmen Giménez, Radha Marcum, André O. Hoilette, Juan Morales, Linda Hogan, Alice Notley, and more!

    Afternoon readings and lectures require a pass (which include everything after 11:30 AM on the select day): check out the Poetry Fest: Full Weekend Pass (includes both days), Poetry Fest: Saturday Pass, or Poetry Fest: Sunday Pass. Morning intensives are á la carte, and those who wish to attend either the Epic Poetry or Radiant Quiet readings and conversations—or free readings from some favorite local poets (here, here, and here)—can register for those individually. 

    Poetry Fest is a dynamic weekend of readings, classes, panels, short craft talks, and celebrations; a mini-festival custom-made for poets and the poetry-curious. We’ll be joined by the likes of Alice Notley, Linda Hogan, and Victoria Adukwei Bulley, a panel of writers from Freeman's, and beloved, award-winning poets from around town. Whether you’re published or simply a fan, come celebrate the wildly diverse, extraordinary world of contemporary poetry with us!

    In the morning, register for weekend intensives from André O. Hoilette and Radha Marcum on origin stories and sense in poetry. In the afternoon, Poetry Fest passholders can attend panels on The Poetry of Everyday Life (music!), Poetry Publishing, and Endings, and choose from craft talks like Freewriting with Trees, Poetry for Haters, and Writing the Interior with Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Juan J. Morales, and John Freeman (and more). In between you’ll find socializing and readings from some wonderful Colorado poets. All culminating in two headline readings and conversations: Saturday’s reading and conversation with Dan Beachy-Quick and Alice Notley and Sunday’s reading and conversation with Victoria Adukwei Bulley and Linda Hogan.  

    Brochure and Schedule

    What should you expect at Poetry Fest? Check out our brochure to find out!


    Poetry Fest Passes

    For those looking for a fuller Poetry Fest experience, passes provide a taste of almost everything (excluding the weekend intensives) on offer at discount.

    Weekend Intensives

    Choose from a two-day intensive examining origin stories with André O. Hoilette or exploring sense in poetry with Radha Marchum.

    Craft Writing Sessions

    Join your favorite Lighthouse instructors, as well as some special guests, for hour-long generative writing sessions during both days of Poetry Fest.
    Included for passholders only.

    Dan Beachy-Quick + Alice Notley

    Epic Poetics: A Conversation and Reading
    Join Lighthouse for an on-stage reading and conversation featuring legendary poet Alice Notley, author of over 40 books including Waltzing Matilda, The Descent of Alette, Disobedience, and The Speak Angel Series, and renowned poet, novelist, and essayist Dan Beachy-Quick. 

    Victoria Adukwei Bulley + Linda Hogan

    Radiant Quiet: A Conversation and Reading
    Join Lighthouse for an on-stage reading and conversation with poets Victoria Adukwei Bulley, author of Quiet, which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and won the Rathbones Folio Prize for Poetry and the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize, and poet Linda Hogan, author of numerous books of poetry, including Eclipse and Indios, and recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, among others.