Jodie Hollander Poetry Reading @ Colorado Mountain College in Edwards
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Vail poet Jodie Hollander for a special poetry reading on October 3rd, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., in the Lecture Hall.

Jodie Hollander is the English and Writing Specialist (Grades 5-12) at Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy. Originally from the Wisconsin, was raised in a family of classical musicians. She studied poetry in England and has published widely in journals such as Poetry ReviewThe Dark Horse,The Manchester ReviewAmbit, The Warwick Review, Poet Lore, Verse Daily, and Australia’s Best Poems of 2011.  Her debut publication, The Humane Society, was released with Tall-Lighthouse  (UK) in November, 2012 and has been reviewed warmly.  Ms. Hollander has been a featured reader at bookshops in both the US as well as the UK.  She is also a Fulbright fellow, a Hawthornden Fellow, the recipient of the Wilfred Owen bursary for study at Ty Newydd, and is due to be poet in residence at the historic Chateau de la Napoule in Nice, France in October 2014.


First Storm – by Jodie Hollander

Photo of Jodie Hollander, Vail poet.

Jodie Hollander, local poet, will read a selection of her poetry on the CMC Edwards campus 10/3.

When it first stormed in Costa Rica

I knew there was nothing I could do.

Our little yellow house started leaking,

all our fruit trees were losing their fruit.


The pink Heliconia were battered,

the banana leaves swirled in the rain.

Where was my husband? That didn’t matter,

our little house was starting to shake.


So I did the only thing I know,

I dragged out a chair and opened a beer,

knowing destruction will do what it will do—

I sat back, and watched what was here.