Created in honor of poet and naturalist Karen Chamberlain, who died last September, the festival featured workshops and performances by a variety of musicians, writers and poets, including San Miguel County residents Goodtimes, Rosemerry Trommer and Ellen Metrick.
As the first-ever Western Slope Poet Laureate, Goodtimes was chosen for his inspiration to the poetry community and his demonstration of literary excellence in publications and performance. In his many years living in the region, Goodtimes has always been a poetry ambassador, promoting the literary arts.
“For more than 20 years, he has led the way in creating a supportive, vibrant, creative, compassionate community of poets and poetry lovers,” said Trommer.
Goodtimes is a former poetry editor for Earth First! Journal and Wild Earth, and is the current poetry editor for Mountain Gazette, a position formerly held by Chamberlain. He is “poet-in-residence” for the Telluride Mushroom Festival, former director of the Telluride Writers Guild, and is founder and director of Talking Gourds poetry gatherings. Goodtimes published the book, As If the World Really Mattered: Poems (La Alameda Press) in 2001. He is a resident of Norwood.