The Rocky Mountain Poetry Festival, still going two decades later
By Michael Corrigan
Possibly the Rocky Mountain Poetry Festival started unofficially in 1982 with a poetry reading staged at the Stanrod House, an impressively elegant "pioneer" mansion once used by the community for public events. With its wide wooden floor, ornate rooms and stairway, one could feel the ghosts from time past.
Quietly, save for the sound of evening climbing through the mountains, in an unattached garage flanked by the shouldering corner of a small hill and home with a buffering wood, sits a heavy giant, gently whirring and rolling ink, pressing the clean face of one thick white sheet of paper after the next.