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Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 495-3303
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Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe is celebrating our
Second Anniversary 2012
Thank you to all the poets and poetry lovers out there! We couldn't have made it without your support.
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Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe is your local poetry bookstore in Boulder, Colorado. We are the third exclusively-poetry bookstore to open its doors in the United States.

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Innisfree The Week of April 20th: Boucher, Open, Song, Walkabout, Graham Jones, Dorsey, Cupping, BHS

Innisfree This Week:
Tuesday April 21 at 6PM: Remembering Stanley Boucher
Much of his life Stanley Boucher (1927-2013) wrote poetry. As a Colorado native and long-time Boulder resident, mountain climber, army corporal in Korea, psychiatric social worker, and lover of literature in all forms, he expressed his own thoughts best in poetry. A selection of his poems have been collected as Watcher in Black and Other Poems, and ushered into print by NC Weil and Virginia Boucher.

Tuesday April 21 at 7PM: Weekly Open Poetry Reading hosted by Joseph Braun

Wednesday April 22 at 2PM: Song, Sound, and Literary Studies Conference
Professor Cheryl Higashida, Professor Adam Bradley, the Laboratory for Race & Popular Culture (RAP Lab) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Café are pleased to present a graduate student mini-conference entitled “Song, Sound, and Literary Studies.” The conference considers what the tools of literature have to say about popular music—from coming of age in the music of Taylor Swift to English language in K-Pop, from the voice of Diana Ross to the image of Native Americans as expressed in film soundtracks. The conference runs four days, each day from 2:00-4:40—Monday, April 20; Wednesday, April 22; Monday, April 29; and Wednesday, April 29. Monday’s sessions will be held on the CU campus at the British & Irish Studies room on the fifth floor of Norlin Library. Both Wednesday sessions will be hosted at Innisfree. Refreshments will be provided at all four sessions. The conference is free and open to the public.

Wednesday April 22 at 630PM: Walkabout Release Party
The CU Literary Journal Walkabout celebrates its new edition.

Thursday April 23rd at 5PM: Stephen Graham Jones – Center for Native-American and Indigenous Studies
As of Spring 2014, Stephen Graham Jones has 20 books out — five collections and 15 novels. This year he has two or three more out as well: the young adult Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (Dzanc, with Paul Tremblay), After the People Lights Have Gone Off (horror collection, Dark House), and Once Upon a Time in Texas (Trapdoor), the second installment of his Bunnyhead Chronicles. He also has a couple hundred short stories published, from literary journals to truck-enthusiast magazines, from textbooks to anthologies to best-of-the-year annuals. Jones has been an NEA Fellow, a Texas Writers League Fellow, and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Multicultural Award. His areas of interest, aside from fiction writing, are horror, science fiction, fantasy, film, comic books, pop culture, technology, and American Indian Studies. Jones received his BA in English and Philosophy from Texas Tech University (1994), his MA in English from the University of North Texas (1996), and his PhD from Florida State University (1998). Jones’ current projects are a werewolf novel, a young adult novel, and a comic book.

Thursday April 23rd at 7PM: Kika Dorsey
Kika Dorsey lives in Boulder, Colorado with her two children, husband, and Border Collie. She wakes up at 5:00 every morning and crafts poetry out of dreams, myths, her body, and her travels. While finishing her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in Seattle, Washington, she performed her poetry with musicians and artists. Her poems have been published in The Denver Quarterly, The Pennsylvania Literary Journal, The Comstock Review, Freshwater, The Columbia Review, among numerous other journals and books. Her articles have been translated and published in Zwischen Distanz und Naehe and online journals such as Not Enough Night from Naropa University. She is a professor of English Composition and Creative Writing at Front Range Community College. In 2010, her collection of poems, Beside Herself , an exploration of motherhood, was published by Flutter Press. Her second book, Rust, with poetry exploring the difficult subjects of suicide and Alzheimer’s interwoven with dream-like narratives, is coming out with Word Tech Editions in 2016. When not writing or teaching, she taxis her teenagers to activities, swims miles in pools, and runs and hikes in the open space of Colorado’s mountains and plains.

Friday April 24th at 11AM: Coffee Cupping with Head Barista Indigo

Friday April 24th at 7PM: the Fowl – Boulder High School
Join Boulder High’s The Fowl for our first ever fundraiser: a night of poetry readings by students of BHS at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe!
As an independent paper, we receive 100% of our funding from a very generous YOAB grant, which we are very grateful for, but cannot insure for the future. To make sure The Fowl lives on, we need to raise about $1,500 before the start of the 2015-16 school year. This event is our first attempt to secure some of this funding for the next school year.
Where do you come in? It’ll be really sad if it’s just the Fowl team chirping at each other in an empty coffee shop. Stop by, read some poetry, have a drink, maybe throw us some change if you think we deserve it. We’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.
As poetry (as well as all other content) is entirely published in The Fowl anonymously by BHS students who wish to submit their work, the event is likewise open to any BHS student to present poetry, and not strictly to students who are frequent contributors or are involved in the managing aspect of The Fowl.
Some questions you might have:
Can I read from a phone/paper/smudged writing on my hand?
Yes! Whatever you need to share! We’re not expecting polished, professional poetry.
Does my poetry have to be good/do I have to be good?
Short answer: no. Long answer: poetry is hard and putting yourself out there is hard and no one will begrudge you a little tremble or stutter.
I’m not a Boulder High student. Can I still read?
Boulder High students will be given preference for reading, and if we’re pressed for time, Boulder High students have priority. If we have an empty stage though, we won’t say no.
What do you need $1,500 for???
Paper is expensive and printing is expensive and 100% of that money goes into the various costs associated with the paper.

Friday April 17 at 7PM: Michael Morse and David J. Daniels

Michael Morse and David J. Daniels David J. Daniels is the author of Clean, winner of the Four Way Books Intro Prize and finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His work has appeared in Boston Review, Pleiades, Kenyon Review, Indiana Review, Best of the Net, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships and scholarships from Kenyon Review, Bread Loaf, and the →

Friday April 17 at 11AM: Coffee Cupping

With head Barista Indigo. Please come sip some single-origin and espresso coffees from Conscious Coffees.

Thursday April 16: Bruce Kawin – Chapbook Launch

I was born in Los Angeles, California in 1945. I went to Fairfax High School, then Columbia, then Cornell. I have an MFA in Creative Writing and Filmmaking and a PhD in Modern Literature and Film. At Wells College I founded the Film program and directed the Creative Writing program. Later I taught at the American Film Institute. Since 1975 →

Wednesday April 15 at 7PM: Joseph Bryan Book Launch: Weaponizing Maps Indigenous Peoples and Counterinsurgency in the Americas

Maps play an indispensable role in indigenous peoples’ efforts to secure land rights in the Americas and beyond. Yet indigenous peoples did not invent participatory mapping techniques on their own; they appropriated them from techniques developed for colonial rule and counterinsurgency campaigns, and refined by anthropologists and geographers. Through a series of historical and contemporary examples from Nicaragua, Canada, and →

Tuesday April 14 at 7PM: Weekly Open Poetry Reading

Hosted by poet Joseph Braun.