Open Bard Literary Series: Fiction Writer Kent Nelson

Join us for a poetry reading by award-winning local fiction writer, Kent Nelson. Based in Ouray, Nelson calls creative writing, "a way of life that allows exploration and questioning.

"I have published 145 stories, six collections, four novels, and, though I've been poor, I've never stopped loving the work. I've worked as bouncer, dishwasher, tennis pro, city judge, hired man on an alfalfa ranch, and university professor. Aside from writing, I've been interested in sports and played national level tennis, squash, and ice hockey and have run five marathons, including Pikes Peak twice. Birding is also a passion and has provided a way of being aware -- of backgrounds, sounds, the natural world, including weather."

Nelson's eclectic life experiences have enriched his writing. His awards include: the 2014 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, two NEA grants, New Hampshire and Colorado writer grants; Mountain and Plains Booksellers Award, Colorado Book Award for best novel; Nelson Algren Award; Edward Abbey Prize for Eco-fiction; stories in Best American, O. Henry, Pushcart, and Best American Mystery Stories.

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Doors and Cash Bar for all Open Bard events are at 6pm. Reading begins at 6:30. Entry by suggestion $10+ donation. 

Thanks to our sponsors!

Interested in supporting the Sherbino? Sponsors make it happen.

Town of Ridgway
Telluride Foundation
Colorado Creative Industries
Ouray County Community Foundation Fund
Western Colorado Community Foundation
Alpenglow Arts Alliance
Ouray County Performing Arts Guild
Women's Club of Ouray
Tri-State Generation & Transmission
Alpine Bank

A history of community

Established in 1915, the Sherbino has been the heart of Ridgway Colorado, providing a venue for community events ranging from music to poetry. Now in a period of re-birth, the Sherbino continues to standout as the hub of events and community activities in Ridgway and throughout Ouray County. On February 11 2012 the Sherbino incorporated as the Ridgway Chautauqua Society Inc. whose mission is to embody the Chautauqua tradition by producing programs celebrating lifelong learning, the arts, culture and community. Learn more about the Sherbino.

Heart of Ridgway

Sherbino Ridgway Colorado

604 & 610 Clinton Street

P.O. Box 236

Ridgway, Colorado 81432


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