Host SETH! Writer, performance poet, musician and actor SETH is a veteran of Denver’s performance art scene. SETH was a driving force behind Open Rangers (1989-2000), a dynamic, multi-dimensional network of poets, musicians, actors and dancers. Open Rangers won several Best of Westwords for their pioneering efforts intermingling spoken word with other performance arts.. In 1993, SETH joined Jafrika, a critically-acclaimed performance art trio melding “provocative music, exquisite dance and poignant poetry.” The Rocky Mountain News listed Jafrika as among Denver’s finest cultural offerings. Currently, SETH hosts the weekly Jam before the Slam with the musical ensemble, Art Compost & the Word Mechanics, Sunday nights at the Mercury Café. A published short story writer, SETH recently completed his first novel, now in the hands of a literary agent. His poetry collection, A Black Odyssey is a diverse, vibrant, poetic memoir modeled on Homer’s ancient epic. For spare change, SETH teaches children to write and adults to perform. He can be visited at www.wagingart.com. His stated ambition in life is to earn enough money from his art to afford a last name.
Featuring Annie Dawid! Annie Dawid has published three books of fiction, AND DARKNESS WAS UNDER HIS FEET: STORIES OF A FAMILY (Litchfield Review Press, winner of their Short Fiction Prize); LILY IN THE DESERT (Carnegie-Mellon University Press Series in Short Fiction) and YORK FERRY: A NOVEL (Cane Hill Press). Her long short story, “Jonestown: Thirty Years On,” was a finalist in the Eric Hofer Short Story Contest and published in Best New Writing 2015 (Hopewell 2014). She won the 2013 Northern Colorado Writers Award in the Personal Essay and the 2013 New Rocky Mountain Voices Award for her short play, “Gunplay.” In 2012, she won the Fall Flash Fiction Orlando Award from A Room of One’s Own Foundation and the Essay Prize from the Dana Awards. She has taught two workshops at the Taos Summer Writers Conference, University of New Mexico, and at the Castle Rock Writers Conference (Colorado). Currently, she teaches fiction writing at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO, after retiring as Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, 1990-2006