Kiersten Bridger MFA '14 announces the first event of a new reading series hosted at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colo., "Literary Living Room." The theater has invited featured writers to read or perform their work as well as host a community open mic. This series will run monthly from September-May.

Bridger is a Colorado writer currently living near Telluride. She is the author of Demimonde (Lithic Press), which earned the 2017 Women Writing the West's Willa Award. She is also the author of a full collection, All Ember (Urban Farmhouse Press), winner of the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize, the 2015 ACC Writer’s Studio award and short-listed for the Manchester Poetry Competition in the UK. Find more of her work in December, Sugar House Review, Prairie Schooner, and Painted Bride Quarterly.

Joining her in presenting is Sam Roxas-Chua MFA '16, the author of Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater, Echolalia in Script and Fawn Language. His poems, artworks, and asemic writings have appeared in journals including Narrative, December Magazine, Cream City Review and an essay/review of his two recent books appears in the Georgia Review and Rhino Poetry. His poetry sequence Diary of Collected Summers was awarded the Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize and most recently he was interviewed by Gulf Coast Journal.

Also joining is Lisa Allen Ortiz MFA '13, author of STEM, winner of the 2021 Idaho Prize for Poetry. Ortiz was born in Westport, Calif., and was raised in the wilds of Northern California in the 1970s.