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Mountain Words Literary Festival

May 25 - May 29

The third annual Mountain Words Literary Festival is Crested Butte’s multi-day literary celebration at nine-thousand feet has something for everyone! Featuring workshops, panel discussions, readings, live theatre, parties, children’s events, film screenings, trivia, fine art book installations, open mic readings, mixology classes, and more.

Welcoming 35 authors and presenters, including Cheryl Strayed, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild; Pushcart award-winning poet Kaveh Akbar, investigative reporter for the New Yorker, Rachel Monroe; and author of Billionaire Wilderness, Justin Ferrell. Programming in fiction, CNF, poetry, nature writing, playwrighting, publishing, editing, journalism, climate reporting, long-form, research, and more. May 25 – 29 in downtown Crested Butte.

Don’t miss the world-famous Literary Death Match with Adrian Todd Zuniga; a competitive, humor-centric reading series featuring a thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors, three celebrity judges, and one champion.


Student Pricing & Full Scholarships Available

Lodging Deals + Full Festival, Daily, and Single Event Passes


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*subject to change

Wednesday 5/25

  • Cheryl Strayed Discussion + Q&A
  • Book signing w/Cheryl Strayed
  • ‘Wild’ Film Screening

Thursday 5/26

  • ‘Research & The Novel’ w/S Kirk Walsh
  • ‘Writing as Play’ w/Claire Boyles
  • ‘The Ancestor Question’ discussion + workshop w/Dr. John Hausdoerffer
  • ‘Wild Reading’ hike + discussion w/Leath Tonino
  • ‘Literary Spirits, crafting infamous literary cocktails’ w/Paige Prouty
  • ‘Flourish’ Gallery Reception + discussion w/Alicia Baily
  • Trivia w/Quiz Quiz Bang Bang – literary edition

Friday 5/27

  • ‘Weaving the Web: Myth, Metaphor, Meaning & the Muse’ w/Molly Murfee (experiential, outdoors)
  • Panel Discussion TBD
  • ‘Researching Your Book’ w/James McGrath Morris
  • ‘A Play in a Day’ playwriting workshop w/Steven Cole Hughes
  • Adult Storytime w/Janson Antoon and friends
  • (World Famous) ‘Gourd Circle Playground’ w/Art Goodtimes
  • ‘The Wound is the Well. The Ghost is the Bucket’ workshop w/Aaron Abeyta
  • Panel Discussion TBD
  • ‘Literary Spirits; crafting infamous literary cocktails’ w/Paige Prouty
  • ‘Three Keys to Flash Fiction: Interruption, Omission, and Quickness’ w/Candace Nadon
  • Poetry + Wine; festival poets read over flights of wine
  • Reception, Writer-in-Residence Readings + Karen Chamberlain Award

Saturday 5/28

  • ‘Cross-cultural readings’ w/Megha Nayar
  • (writing) True Crime w/Rachel Monroe; discussion + exercise on the practical & ethical aspects of writing non-fiction crime
  • Panel Discussion TBD
  • ‘Learn World-Building from Rappers’ workshop w/Steven Dunn
  • Farcical Fairytales: Improvised Fairytales for children
  • Live Theatre at Lunch starring Sam Robards, Jason Antoon, Heather Hughes, and Steven Cole Hughes
  • ‘Wild Reading’ hike + discussion w/Leath Tonino
  • Panel Discussion TBD
  • ‘The Language We Inherent’ workshop w/Suzi Q. Smith
  • Lecture Series; Justin Farrell, author of Billionaire Wilderness
  • Happy Hour Open Mic Readings
  • Literary Death Match

Sunday 5/29

  • ‘Cut Up and Remix’ workshop w/Teow Lim Goh
  • Adapting Film Concepts and Technique into Your Writing Toolkit
  • ‘Acting Basics; learn to own the stage’ w/Heather Hughes
  • ‘Fierce Writing from the Heart’ w/DK Hawk
  • ‘Status & Stasis: How do you stand on this?’ playwriting workshop w/Paul Edwards


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May 25
May 29
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Center for the Arts
606 6th St.
Crested Butte, CO 81224 United States
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