Literary Calendar: Five spoken word events and readings for the week of June 2-8

Lend support to the Minor Disturbance youth slam team at the Griot's Gathering Tuesday.
Denver is a book town and a poetry town and a town where stories are told in darkened rooms. But it's easy to lose track of literary events in the bustle of everything else going on in Denver, from breweries to bike rides. We're here to help. Keep reading for a preview of some of this week's hottest readings, slams, open mics and other events on the literary calendar.

See also: Tom Robbins, Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch


Peter Heller
The Painter
Boulder Book Store
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 3
$5 voucher, good toward purchase of the book

Local author Peter Heller made good with his first novel, The Dog Stars, and seems to be on a roll with his second, The Painter, a story about an artist whose life is torn asunder by violence. The book explores both the immediacy of art-making and the workings of the savage heart as protagonist Jim Stegner abandons the Santa Fe art scene for the wilds of Colorado.

Photo by Daniel Sawyer Schaefer for Brave New Voices.

Griots Gathering, with Minor Disturbance and Kevin Sandbloom
Gypsy House Cafe
7:30-10 p.m. Tuesday, June 3
$5 suggested donation

The twice-monthly open mic, which meets every first and third Tuesday and honors oral traditions, this week features Denver's winning Minor Disturbance youth slam poetry team as members prepare to travel to this year's Brave New Voices national competition in search of their third championship in three years. Sign up begins at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. program; donations will help send Minor Disturbance to the annual youth competition in Philadelphia in July. Dominique Sample, a slam champ in her own right, hosts.

Continue reading for more literary events.

Location Info


Boulder Book Store

1107 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: General

Gypsy House Cafe

1279 Marion St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue

2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

China House Asian Cafe

990 W. 6th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Tagawa Garden Center and Florist

7711 S. Parker, Aurora, CO

Category: General

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