Art Goodtimes

Poet, Spoken Word Artist

Norwood, CO
Colorado US

Author's Bio

Retired in 2016 after five terms as Colorado’s only Green Party county commissioner, Art Goodtimes has won numerous awards for his political activism including from the Dept. of Interior, the U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado Weed Managers Association and Club 20 of Grand Junction. In his political capacity, he served on several dozen boards and commissions on the local, regional, state and national levels. He co-founded the Sheep Mountain Alliance, Telluride’s local environmental group.

A former newspaper editor, he had a 40+ year run writing weekly and monthly op-ed columns for print and online publications including the Telluride Times, the San Miguel Journal, the Telluride Times-Journal, the Watch, the Daily Planet, the, and Colorado Poets Center. I currently write a monthly op-ed column “Looking South from Lone Cone” for the Cortez-based print publiccation the Four Corners Free Press.

Art studied to be a Roman Catholic priest for seven years, and has continued to marry people as a Universal Life minister. A former poetry editor for Earth First! Journal, Wild Earth and the Mountain Gazette, he currently co-directs the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds poetry project, is poetry editor for Fungi magazine (, and co-hosts the Sage Green Journal online literary anthology ( Former president and current Trustee Emeritus, he was founder of the Institute’s Prospect Basin Fen Project and its Ute Reconciliation and Indigenous Peoples Day projects and remains on their advisory boards. Director of the Institute's Telluride Mushroom Festival for its first 25 years, he remains as Cultural Director and Poet-in-Residence.

His poetry books include As If the World Really Mattered (La Alameda Press, Albuquerque, 2007) and Looking South to Lone Cone (Western Eye Press, Sedona, 2013). He was co-editor of the anthology MycoEpithalamia: Mushroom Wedding Poems (Fungi Press, CA, 2016). Turn Star Press of Telluride brought out a limited edition chapbook in 2019 that he co-authored called Telluride Valley Floor. Art’s latest book is Dancing on Edge: The McRedeye Poems (Lithic Press, Fruita, CO, 2019).

A widower and a grandpa, Art lives alone on Wrights Mesa near Norwood. His oldest daughter Iris Willow and his granddaughter Aurora Willow Fan live in San Francisco’s Glen Park neighborhood with his son-in-law Bertrand Fan. His oldest son Rio Coyotl lives in Durango, and his youngest son Greg R. Osha' works in DC for PKMG US Services. His youngest daughter Sara Mae Friedberg makes her home in Telluride with partner Dylan Price and works for the Telluride Science Research Center.

Publications & Prizes


The Geography of Hope: Poets of Colorado's Western Slope (Conundrum Press, 2002)
Dancing on Edge: The McRedeye Poems (Lithic Press, 2019)
Looking South to Lone Cone: The Cloud Acre Poems (Western Eye Press, 2013)
As If the World Really Mattered (La Alameda Press, 2006)
Slow Rising Smoke: A Chapbook (Blackberry Books, 1987)
Embracing the Earth (Homeward Press, 1984)
Mushroom Cloud Redeye (Western Eye Press, 1990)

Spoken Word

Mountain Gazette
Upriver Downriver
Wild Earth
Headwaters Conference at Western State College, Gunnison, CO (2021)
The MycoLicious MycoLuscious MycoLogical Poetry Show (2019)
Festival of Words, Vail Symposium (2006)
Prizes won: 

Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry, named by the Colorado Council on the Arts & Humanities, 1989

Western Slope Poet Laureate, named at the KC Poetry Festival in Carbondale, (2011-13)

The Karen Chamberlain Lifetime Achievement Award for Poetry in Colorado, awarded at the Mountain Words Literary Festival 2020.

The Salzman Award as poet-in-residence at the Telluride Mushroom Festival, 2021

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Dolores LaChapelle, Gary Snyder, Judyth Hill, Joan Logghe, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Donna Haraway, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Aaron Abeyta, Danny Rosen, Wendy Videlock and Peter Waldor.
What I'm reading now: 
The Dawn of Everything by Graeber & Wengrow, Tseyi: Deep In the Rock by Laura Tohe, Reinhabited: New & Selected Poems by Michael Daley

More Information

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Identifies as: 
Italian American
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Born in: 
San Francisco, CA
Raised in: 
Mountain View, CA
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Last update: Dec 03, 2022