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Telluride Arts: Telluride Arts Presents: 15th Annual Mark Fischer Poetry Prize

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Telluride Arts Presents: 15th Annual Mark Fischer Poetry Prize

Poetry reading and awards ceremony

Friday, June 14th, 6-8pm at Arroyo Telluride


Telluride Arts

PO Box 152, Telluride, CO  81435

Britt Markey,,  970-728-3930




Telluride Arts announces the Fifteenth Annual Mark Fischer Poetry Prize. Poetry readings and awards will be presented on Friday, June 14th, 6-8pm at Arroyo Gallery in Telluride. The winners of this year’s prize will read selected poems and celebrate poetry with wine and friends in memory of Mark Fischer. 

The Mark Fischer Poetry Prize is named in the memory of Telluride’s much-loved poet, lawyer, skier and raconteur. Mark Fischer was a daring experimenter who combined a polyglot’s command of languages with a quirky sense of humor and a passion for obtuse words. In that spirit, prizes are awarded to entries that best exhibit the qualities of originality, novelty, complex meaning, linguistic skill and wit.


Judge Wayne Lee, last year’s winner of the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize will be there to announce first, second, and third place prizes, as well as our honorable mention. We invite these poets, in no particular order, to read 3-5 poems during the ceremony. Our top 4 poets are:


Deb Barr Kyle Harvey Samantha Wright and Tony Saab

In addition, Wayne Lee will offer “The Music of Poetry” workshop at Arroyo on Saturday, June 15th, from 9am-12pm.  In a three-hour workshop, he will explore repetition, syncopation, theme and variation, pace, accent, pauses, dynamics, timbre, tone and other basic building blocks of music to enhance the written and spoken word. $35 pre-sale/$45 at the door. For more info contact Telluride Arts or Wayne Lee at

Wayne Lee is a Santa Fe poet who played violin for 22 years in a Seattle string quartet and worked as a music critic for the Washington (D.C.) Times, The Seattle Times, Jazziz and other publications.

He has taught at the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, Western Washington University (where he received his M.A. in theatre/dance), the Cornish School for the Arts, and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Lee is the winner of the 2012 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize and the 2012 SICA Poems for Peace Award, a Pushcart Prize nominee and author of two poetry collections.


For more information - 970.728.3930, Telluride, or on Facebook, Twitter or at the Stronghouse Studios 283 South Fir Street in Telluride.



Kate Jones, Executive Director

Telluride Arts