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The Poets' Co-op Spring 2009 Open Reading Series will be held on Thursday, March 5th , April 2nd & May 7th at the Loveland Museum on the corner of Fifth & Lincoln. Readings will be downstairs at the Foote Gallery/Auditorium from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Complimentary snacks will be graciously provided by HENRY'S PUB (234 E. 4th St.).

Readers & listeners embrace all styles of original poetry and range in experience from first time readers to published and polished “professionals.” Poets can sign up to read the night of the reading or ahead of time by email. Our Featured Readers represent a diverse mix of some of Colorado’s  and our nation's finest poets.

Our Featured Reader for Thursday, March 5th is Matthew Cooperman.

Matthew Cooperman is the author of the collections Daze, (Salt, 2006)
and A Sacrificial Zinc (Pleiades/LSU, 2001), which won the Lena-Miles
Wever Todd Prize, and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Prize. He’s also
the author of two chapbooks, Words About James (Phylum Press, 2005),
and Surge (Kent State, 1998).

Recent poems have appeared in such journals as New American Writing,
Verse, Chain, Pleiades, Volt, Pool, Notre Dame Review, Denver Quarterly, ecopoetics and LIT.

He is the recipient of the Jovanovich Prize from the University of Colorado, an INTRO Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Utah Wilderness Society Prize, and the O. Marvin Lewis Award from Weber Studies. A founding editor of Quarter After Eight, and former Fine Arts Work Center Fellow, he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Cooperman holds a B.A. from Colgate University, an M.A. in creative writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D in English from Ohio University. Cooperman has taught at Cornell College in Iowa; the University of Colorado in Boulder; Ohio University and Harvard University. He currently teaches poetry in the MFA program at Colorado State University.

Our Featured Reader for Thursday, April 2nd is California poet, Peter Neil Carroll.

Peter Neil Carroll is the author and editor of 17 books, including the recently published journal of an American poet and ambulance driver in the Spanish Civil War, James Neugass, which is titled War is Beautiful (New Press, 2008). His newest book is titled of poetry is titled Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem, inspired by a trip along the Mississippi River following the same route he took with the same companion in 1972. The poetry focuses on the changing relationship between landscape and the two men. His poetry has appeared recently in the Arkansas Review and the Monterey Poetry Review. He was a finalist in last year Winning Writers' War Poetry contest. His work is also forthcoming in Heavy Bear. He reads frequently in the San Franciso Bay Area, where he lives with his wife, the writer Jeannette Ferrary.


Our Featured Readers for Thursday, May 7th are Charlie Rossiter & Dan Wilcox.

Charlie Rossiter writes, performs, and promotes poetry every chance he gets. The great audio poetry website,, is the latest in a long list of poetry projects which include the creating and hosting the Poetry Motel, a cable television program still seen in upstate New York and neighboring states, and organizing all-day poetry readings at the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. He received an NEA Fellowship for poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Dan Wilcox has had his poems published in many literary magazines and anthologies and, as a photographer, he has accumulated what is undoubtedly the largest collection of photos of unknown (and well-known) poets in the world. His touring has been supported by the NY Foundation for the Arts.

Since joining poetic forces in 1993, Charlie & Dan have performed their work around the country at major venues such as the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC; Cantab Lounge, Cambridge, MA; the Green Mill, Chicago; Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NYC; Newport Beach Arts Center, Oregon; in schools and libraries throughout the land, on NPR and numerous state-wide public radio networks and in Albanys in 11 states. Thier ultimate goal is to perform their poetry in all of America's 18 Albanys. They began this venture as “3 Guys from Albany,” but in January, 2006, one of their numbers (Tom Nattell) passed away from throat cancer. They have decided to continue with the project. Their Grand Plan may seem a bit quirky, but have found that it creates a unique brand of poetry outreach that can sometimes bring readings to places that rarely have such events. In their readings we use a variety of performance techniques: musical instruments, real and home-made; multi-voice presentations; and audience participation; to present our personal and socially-committed poetry.