Art Goodtimes

Poet, Spoken Word Artist

92 Lone Cone Road P.O. Box 59
Norwood, CO 81423-0059
Phone: 
970-729-0220

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 continues a weekly op-ed column “Up Bear Creek” in the on-line MontroseMirror.com, and a monthly op-ed column “Looking South from Lone Cone” in the Cortez-based 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 (fungimag.com), and co-hosts the Sage Green Journal online literary anthology (sagegreenjournal.org). He was awarded a Colorado Council on the Arts poetry fellowship in 1989, has been poet- in-residence of the Telluride Mushroom Festival for 39 years, and was named Western Slope Poet Laureate from 2011-13. A long-time board trustee, he was founder of the Institute’s Fen Advisory project and is co-director for their Ute Reconciliation program.

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 due out this fall from Lithic Press of Fruita (CO) called Dancing on Edge: The McRedeye Poems.

 

A widower and a grandpa, Art lives at Cloud Acre on Wrights Mesa near Norwood with his two sons, Rio Coyotl and Gregorio Rainbow Oshá. His oldest daughter Iris Willow and his granddaughter Aurora Willow Fan live in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood with his son-in-law Bertrand Fan. 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

Poetry

Anthology:
The Geography of Hope: Poets of Colorado's Western Slope (Conundrum Press, 2002)
Books:
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 (Blackberry Books, 1987)
,
Embracing the Earth (Homeward Press, 1984)
Chapbook:
Mushroom Cloud Redeye (Western Eye Press, 1990)

Spoken Word

Journals:
Mountain Gazette
,
Upriver Downriver
,
Wild Earth
Performances:
The MycoLicious MycoLuscious MycoLogical Poetry Show (2019)
,
Headwaters Conference at Western State College, Gunnison, CO (2018)
,
Festival of Words, Vail Symposium (2006)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Dolores LaChapelle Gary Snyder Judyth Hill Joan Logghe
What I'm reading now: 
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Hispanic, Italian American
Prefers to work with: 
Naturalists/Environmentalists
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
San Francisco, CA
California
Raised in: 
Mountain View, CA
California
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Last update: Sep 07, 2019