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Festival Details

The Central City Opera presents this one-day poetry festival, in historic Central City, to celebrate the growing resurgence of poetry worldwide!

Nestled in the Colorado Rocky Mountains (a short drive from Downtown Denver), our guests will enjoy the posh and antique environs of Historical Central City, Colorado. Entertain your inner Muse by perusing the halls of the Teller House: a charming old-west hotel hosting poets, publishers, and artists offering books, goods, and fellowship. Explore Eureka Street and enjoy the Central City Opera House (guided tours only), the Gilpin County Art Museum, and the arbor courtyard hosting open mics and our local food vendor.


10 am - 6 pm - Main Festival

3:15 pm - 5:30 pm - Poetry Reading + Keynote Address (VIP Tickets Only)

Teller House

120 Eureka St.

Central City, Colorado  80427

Ticket Details


1. Vendor booths and poetry signings.

2. The open mic courtyard.

3. Workshops and Lectures by poets, educators, and publishers.

4. Meet our Keynote Poet (Khadijah Queen), during a book-signing and meet & greet session. 2 pm - 3 pm.

5. A kids' area with great literary and poetry-based activities. Click here for more information.



1. All-access included in the GA Ticket -- and

2. A seat for the 2019 CCPF Poetry Reading - Enjoy local and world-famous poets read their finest work at the intimate William's Stables Theater: an old-west horse stable converted to a theater in the round. Musical accompaniment laces the performance together from poet to poet. 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm.

3. Keynote Poet Address. Khadijah Queen will read her work, give the Keynote Address, and answer questions from patrons. 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm.

Schedule: Saturday, Sept. 21 2019

General Admission (10 am - 6 pm)


11:00 - 12:00 pm

Dreamscapes to Enhance Your Poetry

w/ Sandra S. McRae


12:00 - 1:00 pm

Taking the Leap! (Writing with both control and abandon)

w/ Martin McGovern and Kathryn Winograd


1:00 - 2:00 pm

Unlocking the Poetic Mind: Using keywords to find fresh directions.

w/ Jonah Bornstein


2:00 - 3:00 pm

Keynote Signing and Meet ‘n Greet

w/ Khadijah Queen

Garden Mic - Open All Day with the following reserved blocks:

  • Columbine Poets of Colorado - 1:00 to 1:30 pm



  (William’s Stables Theater)


  3:15 - 4:45 pm - Poetry Reading


  4:45 - 5:30 pm - Keynote Address


VIP - $20

(Festival + Reading Event)

General Admission - $10

Kids 6-12 - $5

Kids 5 and under - free

Vendor Booths

Are you a poet, publisher, or literary professional in need of a booth for the event? Click below

"To the poet, the keys of the mind lay dangling...

Lightly over the heart

Easily found

By searching fingers

To open the hearts of others"


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