Three Denver poets bring their art to the community as together we process the stress of 2020.
Three poets. Three perspectives. Three voices. Garrett Bryant is a poet, artist, editor and teacher born and raised in Alpine, California—Kumeyaay land. He currently lives and writes from Denver while also working for Ligature Creative. Garrett is a contributing editor of Poetry International and editor/art director for Locked Horn Press. He is also a co-founder of Poetic Youth, a community creative writing and arts program serving underprivileged youth in San Diego. Garrett’s work can be found in Harpur Palate, Faultline, The Winnow, Cordite Poetry Review, Southword Journal and Helen, among others. Michael Acuña is a youth advocate, Hip Hop Artist and educator that resides in Denver, Colorado. He’s currently working alongside the Office Of The Independent Monitor facilitating Minimizing Implicit Bias workshops between police and youth, and helping with community outreach. Michael is also the co-founder of Tribal Zyphers, a program that connects youth to the indigenous roots of Hip Hop culture empowering self narrative. Michael has been honored as the recipient of the Westword Mastermind Award in 2018, and former President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative MBK 25 award in 2016 for his creative work in his community. Eleanor Perry-Smith has recited at the TEDx Mile High event and for the past two years at the Eaux Claires festival in Wisconsin, founded by bands Bon Iver and The National. Her poems have been published by New River Press in London and her book Revelry & Rhyme pairs photographs with experimental verse. She has collaborated with filmmakers to bring a visual component to her poems, as well as artists to bring her poems to walls. She was a former editor for Modern In Denver magazine and Zephyr Press literary journal. Her arts coverage and essays have appeared in Mental_Floss, 5280, and The A.V. Club, among others. She believes it’s the poet’s job to connect this ancient art form with the world’s newest people.