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Open Mic

for all
Literary Souls

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The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District presents

2023 Open Mic for all Literary Souls

Second Saturdays

April through October 2023 @7 pm

The Commons @Space To Create Trinidad

The evening begins at 7 pm with a featured writer; the microphone then opens to all who would like to share their creative literary efforts.

Free and open to the public!

Featured writers include Kate Kingston, PW Covington, Michele Baptiste, Sandra Sajbel, David Anthony Martin, Hilary DePolo, and Kim Krisco! 


2023 Open Mic Schedule

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Kate Kingston is the author of five collections of poetry. Her most recent book, The Future Wears Camouflage, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2024. She is the recipient of the Karen Chamberlain Award, the W.D. Snodgrass Award for Poetic Endeavor and Excellence, the Ruth Stone Prize, and the Atlanta Review International Publication Prize. Kingston has been awarded fellowships from the Colorado Council on the Arts, Harwood Museum, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Jentel, Ucross, and Fundación Valparaíso in Mojácar, Spain, among others. Several of her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has served as Language Department Chairperson at Utah State University, Eastern, and Professor of Spanish and English at Trinidad State College. She currently lives and writes in Trinidad, Colorado.

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PW Covington writes in the Beat tradition of the North American highway. For over two decades, PW has captivated audiences from Havana, Cuba to San Francisco's Beat Museum with his engaging reading style and unvarnished subject matter. Covington brings DIY and unapologetically punk values into poetry spaces, challenging assumptions and rigidity within the art form itself. In 2019, his collection North Beach and Other Stories was named a Finalist in LGBTQ+ Fiction by the International Book Awards. Covington has had poems recently published by the Westchester Writers Workshop (NY), the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, Mad Swirl (Dallas), and the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival (McAllen, TX). 

A self-avowed, long-time "Deadhead," PW Covington recently donned his Editor's cap with Hercules Publishing to bring together Poetry is Dead: An Inclusive Anthology of Deadhead Poetry.

PW Covington moved to Northern New Mexico in 2017 and remains involved in a variety of progressive and social causes, including homelessness outreach and prevention and veteran's advocacy.

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bio coming soon! 


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David Anthony Martin is an environmental educator, poet, writer, columnist, and author of four collections of poetry:  Span, Deepening the Map, Bijoux, and The Ground Nest. He lives in the Wet Mountains in southern Colorado. He is the founder and editor of Middle Creek Publishing & Audio. He also works in several capacities for the Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center in Beulah and Pueblo, Colorado and has written a weekly column for their Nature's Classroom column in the Pueblo Chieftain over the last two years. He served as the judge for the Eugene V. Shea National Poetry contest for 2022.


Hilary DePolo is a poet who specializes in character poems, both imaginative and factual. She has staged her writing with visual art in galleries and art centers. 

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Kim Krisco

Kim Krisco is the author of four published novels – The Magnificent Madness of Tessa Wiggins is his most recent release. Before writing fiction full-time, Kim served as a consultant, trainer, and coach for business and non-profit organizations and published three non-fiction books to support this enterprise. He and his wife Sararose Ferguson live on the North Fork of the Purgatory River. Learn more at


The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District has hosted Poet Laureates, published and nationally known poets, and writers; provided educational programming for area students; and has aided local hotels, restaurants, galleries, and museums by drawing people from around the state and beyond! 

 Please help us keep poetry and literature shining in the Corazón by donating what  you can and join us at this year’s exciting Poetry Festival. We hope to see you there!



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