Paulson will lead a workshop for writers of all genres on Saturday morning, Nov. 19, from 9-11:30 a.m. Titled "Writing the Words That Surround You," the workshop will help writers enhance their ability to look closely at subjects that surround them in their daily lives. The class is $27.50 ($25 for Ouray County Arts Center members) and will take place in the Echo Chamber of the Ouray Community Center.
Paulson's poetry has been published in many literary magazines and in two anthologies, Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) and in Land Full of Stories: Women Write About the Southwest (forthcoming from University of Texas Press). She has two poetry collections, The Truth About Thunder (2001) and The Company of Trees (2004) both published by Ponderosa Press. She also produced By Stone, By Water in 2003, a compact disk of nature-themed poetry. Paulson has won prizes for her writing and has read and performed her poetry in both Colorado and Southern California. She was a professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles from 1978 to 1999.
Paulson currently teaches writing workshops and has directed the Ouray Poetry Series since 2002. She also writes a column, "Uniquely Ouray," for the Ouray Plaindealer .
Paulson's poems combine exquisite detail of the outer, sensual world with deeply felt spirituality and insight. They take us into valleys between the high mountains where humans share the land with all that is wild as well as into rooms in a poet's mind where art, music, and family memories live. Her voice has been called "calm" and "quiet," inviting one to listen and share what is human and present.