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Chaffee County Writers Exchange

Barbara Ford, Poncha Springs poet and author of ‘Once Familiar’

Hosts weekly radio show, ‘Poets and Minstrels’, on KHEN, 106.9 FM in Salida, which live streams on Thursdays, 5-6 PM, Mountain Time. ‘Poets and Minstrels’ is also available in the temporary KHEN archives. The two most recent shows are archived, accessible by going to the website: khen.org; click on ‘Shows’; scroll down to ‘Daily Archived Shows’ and click; a calendar will appear, click on Thursday; click on ‘Poets and Minstrels’ from the list to the left of calendar. ‘Poets and Minstrels’ has aired for over eleven years.
Also organizes and hosts a monthly poetry reading, ‘Poetry After Hours’, in collaboration with Cafe Dawn in Salida on the third Sunday of every month, starting at 6:30 PM. The event is free, with the full cafe menu available. One or more featured poets are brought in to present their poetry. There is an open mic segment in which anyone can step up to the microphone and read their own poetry or the poetry of someone else, known or unknown.

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Bar Scott

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Tom Kirkwood

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Jennifer Sweete

Maria Weber

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Helen Brieske
“My book Lars and Martha Larson from Valdres Valley, Norway, to Vernon County, Wisconsin was recognized with an “Award of Excellence” from The Heart of America Genealogical Society and Library, Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri. It also received the award “First in the State” from the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin State Genealogical Society.

“More recently it was chosen as a reference by Dr. John Philip Colletta in his lecture series for The Great Courses. He also uses it in his conference lectures across the country.

“Numerous first person interviews, countless photos, more than 2000 end notes, maps, newspaper clippings, and extensive index are worth more than just a genealogy designation. The story of why and how the emigrant couple left Norway and what the accommodations were while crossing the Atlantic and traveling to Wisconsin is worth reading. It is a family history with emphasis on history.”

Cassie Baldauf

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M.L. Rowland

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Laurel McHargue

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Doann Houghton

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Bill Hatcher




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