Reading: Aby Kaupang, Aerik Francis, Meca’Ayo, and Nadia Colburn, Saturday, April 20, 2024, 7pm

Join us on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 7pm at Counterpath (7935 East 14th Ave. in Denver) for a reading and by Aby Kaupang, Aerik Francis, Meca’Ayo (Tameca L Coleman), and Nadia Colburn. Free and open to the public.

Nadia Colburn is the author of the poetry books I Say the Sky and The High Shelf, and her poetry and prose have appeared in more than eighty publications, including The New YorkerAmerican Poetry Review, The Kenyon ReviewSpirituality & Health, Lion’s Roar, and the The Yale Review. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, is a yoga teacher and serious student of Thich Nhat Hanh and is the founder of Align Your Story Writing School, which brings traditional literary and creative writing studies together with mindfulness, embodied practices, and social and environmental engagement. The school has a community of over 30,000 people. Nadia lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children. Find her at, where she offers meditations and free resources for writers.

Aerik Francis is a Queer Black & Latinx poet & teaching artist based in Denver, Colorado, USA. Francis is the author of the chapbooks MISEDUCATION (New Delta Review, May 2023), and BODYELECTRONIC (Trouble Department, April 2022). They have received poetry fellowship support from SAFTA, the Chrysalis Institute, CantoMundo, and The Watering Hole. They are also a poetry reader for Underblong poetry journal and MICRO podcast, as well as a coordinator with Slam Nuba. Francis has poetry published widely, links of which may be found at as well as their website . Find them on IG/TW/youtube/soundcloud @phaentompoet.

Meca’Ayo (Tameca L Coleman) is a singer, multi-genre writer, itinerant nerd, intermittent zine maker, massage therapist, and point and shoot art dabbler in Denver Colorado. Their multi-genre writing and digital photography are featured in literary magazines, art exhibits, newspapers, and other venues and publications. Their first book an identity polyptych debuted from The Elephants in 2021, and it considers familial estrangement, being in-between things as a mixed-race Black person, and moving towards reconciliation. Meca’Ayo leads community-centered projects with a collaborative bent, and they have been working in the healing arts since 2011. For more information about Meca’Ayo’s work, you can find them on social media with the handle @sireneatspoetry.

In addition to Radiant Tether, Aby Kaupang is the author of & theres still you thrill hour of the world to love, selected by Brenda Hillman as the winner of Free Verse Editions’ New Measure Prize; NOS, (disorder not otherwise specified), with Matthew Cooperman; Little g God Grows Tired of Me, and several other collections. Aby lives in Fort Collins, CO, where she assists in organizing an annual book festival, co-hosts the reading series, EveryEye, and has served as Poet Laureate. More information can be found at