Literary Arts

BOOK CLUB meets the first Thursday of the Month at 6:30 p.m. at The Red Wagon in Encampment. The books for discussion through the rest of the "reading season" 2019 is: 

Thurs., Feb 7, 2019 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Thurs., March 7, 2019 - The Power by Naomi Alderman

Thurs., April 4, 2019 - All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva (short stories) 

Thurs., May 2, 2019 - Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Norsat (It’s a cookbook - so we’re all going to pick a recipe to make for the May meeting!)


The FIRST STORY TIME at The Red Wagon in Encampment will be held November 18, 2017 at 10 am. This event is for geared to ages 10 and under where the kids come listen to a story then have a snack while working on craft project. Parents are encouraged to attend. There is no charge for this event. This event is sponsored, in part, by the Platte Valley Arts Council and private donations.


Cowboy Poetry was born in this country.  After a long day in the saddle, cowboys sang and told stories to pass the time.  This traditional form of poetry is a favorite in Wyoming and many up-and-coming poets performed in the early years of the Festival of the Arts.  Some notable performers include:  

  • Larry Harmer
  • Tom Perlman
  • Echo Roy
  • Sandy Knox                                                                                                                                                            
  • Kenn Lee                                                                 
  • Chuck Larsen
  • Georgeann Sheets
  • Peggy Godfrey
  • Mick Kaser                                            
                                                                                              Cowboy Poet Chuck Larson

Western literature and historical fiction are also favored amongst arts patrons in the region.  Notable  authors  have recited selections from their works at the Festival or for special events:

Author Lori Van Pelt

Author Lori Van Pelt


Other unique forms of the literary arts were explored when the PVAC hosted “Word Band”, a choral poetry group.  Dedicated to education, the PVAC is a sponsor of the Young Authors award presentation for Carbon County School District #2 students.  Recently, poet Matt Daly was guest speaker.


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Matt Daly