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Colorado Edition: The Role Of Storytelling

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Henry Zimmerman
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KUNC
Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre outside of Su Teatro in Denver in August 2019.

Today on Colorado Edition: We’ll listen back to some of the conversations we’ve had with local authors and poets, about their work and the state that inspires them.

How Pam Houston Came To Own A Ranch In The Rockies

Since we launched the show, we've had the unique opportunity to talk with local artists who call the state of Colorado home. One such artist is author Pam Houston. She is the author of the new memoir Deep Creek: Finding Home in the High Country.

Houston joined us to tell us about how she came to own a ranch high in the Rocky Mountains, and all of the difficulties and opportunities that came with it. 

How Colorado Inspired Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s New Short Story Collection

Kali Fajardo-Anstine grew up in Colorado, as her family had generations before her.  

Her experiences in the state, and in her home city of Denver, is the inspiration behind her new book of short stories, Sabrina and Corina. She joined us to discuss the collection.

Colorado’s Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre Reflects On His Work

In July, Gov. Jared Polis appointed a new poet laureate for the state of Colorado, the eighth since the program started 100 years ago.

His name is Bobby LeFebre, and he's an Emmy-nominated performer who believes that poetry has the power to heal and promote cultural change. We spoke with LeFebre about Denver, poetry and what it means to be the state's poet laureate. 

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions:

  • “Sage The Hunter" by Landsman Duets
  • "Pat Dog" by Landsman Duets

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman (@HWZimmerman), and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. Managing editor Brian Larson contributed to this episode. We get production help from Rae Solomon. 

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a news magazine taking an in-depth look at the issues and culture of Northern Colorado. It's available on our website, as well as on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC's air, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with a rebroadcast of the previous evening's show Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.