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Wilderness and Rocky Mountain National Park: Through A Poet’s Eyes

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Date: August 20, 2014
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

Join poet and author Chris Ransick to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act through poetry. Mr. Ransick will be speaking at 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 25, in the Moraine Park Campground Amphitheater.

Through his program, WORDS ON WILDERNESS, Chris will help us explore the ancient connection between wild places and poetry, explaining how each new generation finds in wilderness inspiration, purpose, refreshment, and challenge. Come be part of an evening of words on wilderness, featuring poems by Colorado's poets laureates past and present, Thomas Hornsby Ferril and David Mason, along with other voices that celebrate what Ed Abbey called "the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need."

Chris Ransick, appointed Denver Poet Laureate in 2006, is the author of five books, including Never Summer, which won a Colorado Book Award for poetry, and A Return To Emptiness, a Colorado Book Award fiction finalist. Chris has been a faculty member at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver since 2005 and was recognized in 2013 with the Lighthouse Beacon Award for teaching excellence. He has served as a member of PEN USA's Freedom to Write Committee and closer to home, spent eight years on his local public library board. His new collection of poems, Language for the Living and the Dead, was released in 2013 from Conundrum Press, which is issuing new editions of all his previous titles.

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please call the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

Did You Know?

a photo of Elizabeth Burnell, the nation's first female nature guide

Rocky Mountain National Park licensed the nation’s first female nature guides in 1917. Sisters Ester and Elizabeth Burnell learned the naturalist trade from advocate and author Enos Mills.