All shows start at 7:30 at The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, Denver
Host Marcus If! Marcus If is the Headmaster and Guerrilla Ontologist for the Beyond Academia Free Skool. A veteran performance poet, Marcus has been reading along the Front Range for 28 years at open mics and featured events. He has hosted the Speakeasy reading series at the No Name Bar on the Hill, serves as editor at Boarhog Press, founded the Love Shovel Poetry Troupe, been the elected President of the Nederland Area Historical Society & Mining Museum, trained as a NEHA Certified Radiation engineer, was captured as a felonious POW in the Reagan-era Drug War, and currently reigns as Zen Tyrant of the meritocracy of Love Shovel Ranch in Nederland. Chapbooks include Contraband, Square Feet, The Comic Book Plague (w/ Rob Geisen), and Tail Spin: A Garter of Sonnets. End of the 20th Century Man (Collected Works 1989-2009) remains unpublished. An Obvious Ruse, a pioneering exploration of Projective Sonnets, will be soon forthcoming.
Featuring Rachel Ann Harding of Stories With Spirit! Traditional Storyteller and Musician, Rachel Ann Harding is passionate about telling the most beautiful folk, myth, and traditional tales. She has been a featured teller for the local Truth Be Told and a panelist for Intergenerational Storytelling at the National Storytelling Network Conference in 2015. Rachel Ann weaves story and song together to create unique and entertaining storytelling events, keynotes and workshops that display the relevance of storytelling in our lives. She believes that fairytales are for all ages and mesmerizes audiences with old tales woven into new.
She is based in Boulder, CO and is so willing to travel.
Featuring Cooper Braun of Stories With Spirit! Cooper Braun was raised by granola eating coyotes in Boulder Colorado and grew up without a television. Lacking the traditional American form of child pacification, he found a love for storytelling from records and cassette tapes. Drawn to performance and theater from a young age, Cooper started as an actor (what do you do with a BA in Theater?) and has been working as a professional theater technician the last ten years. In a whirlwind return to the world of live storytelling, three years ago, he now co-hosts the Boulder Story Circle and performs regularly with Rachel Ann Harding as Stories with Spirit. He is a mammal.