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[margins.] festival

festival schedule
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Friday - August 5, 2022



9:00 PM - 11:00 PM - Lawn

Outdoor Film Screening of Moonlight

Presented in partnership with Denver Film


Saturday - August 6, 2022


9:00 AM - 9:15 AM 

Welcome, announcements, etc.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - 1st Floor, Conference Room

Screening & Discussion: Welcome to the Northside

Welcome to the Northside, Bobby LeFebre and Manuel Aragon. Other shorts, screenings, discussions.


9:45 AM - 10:45 AM - 2nd Floor

Panel: You and Your Public Library 

Join members of the Denver Public Library team, Robin Filipczak and Alejandro Hernandez to learn more about how to make the library work for you as a writer, including how to get started, how to research, the tools available, digitally accessible materials, how collection development generally works at any given library, one on one research appointment opportunities, book clubs, workshops, and events for writers

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - 1st Floor

Community Stage

Join Cipriano Ortega on the community stage for readings, open mics, and generative workshops happening throughout the festival on the stage designed & created by Cipriano Ortega and Deborah Jang

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM - 1st Floor, Conference Room

Screening & Discussion: The Usual Route with Steven Dunn

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM - 2nd Floor

Emilly Prado - Reading & Signing

11:30AM - 12:00 PM - 2nd Floor

Valerie Bolling - Reading & Signing


12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - 2nd Floor

Slam Nuba Poetry Reading

Slam Nuba hour, including Cave Canem alums Andre Hoilette & Shamar Hill

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - 1st Floor, Conference Room

Youth Programming

Free writing workshops for youth ages 13-20 facilitated by Sacred Voices

1:00 PM - 2:05 PM - 2nd Floor 

Shades of Honey Panel & Reading

Shades of Honey seeks to create space, place, and voice for Black, Brown, and Indigenous folks in the broader Denver Community. Through the “people’s mic”, Shades pulls on the long tradition of the Beat Scene and other Black artistic movements to foster an environment of healing, expression, resistance, and radical joy. We utilize different artistic mediums to materially support the struggles of all people that are being oppressed. Shades of Honey is an “events based”, non-hierarchical organization that moves towards radical reimaginings and expression. This event will feature poets and Shades of Honey Collective: Karia White, Donavon Bright, Sam Casanova, Micaela Grant, Abiu Santos, Miarri Phillips, Helen Nguyen, Arianna Baharmast, Laura Bianchi, and Talaya Banks.

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM - 2nd Floor

Crisosto Apache Reading

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM - 2nd Floor 

Steven Dunn Reading

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM - 2nd Floor

Deborah Jang Reading


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - 3rd Floor

Awards Ceremony

Let's gather to celebrate the 2022 recipients of the Alchemy Award, the Rasquache Award, and the Rishi Award!

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM - Lawn

Outdoor Film Screening of Persepolis

Presented in partnership with Denver Film

9:30 PM - Midnight - 3rd Floor

Dance Party

Featuring DJ Mami Miami + Cash bar 





Sunday - August 7, 2022

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM  - 2nd Floor

KidLit in Color  Kaitlyn Wells - Reading & Signing

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM - 2nd Floor

Writing In Color Reading

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - 1st Floor

Community Stage

Join Cipriano Ortega on the community stage for readings, open mics, and generative workshops happening throughout the festival on the stage designed & created by Cipriano Ortega and Deborah Jang

10:50 AM - 11:35 AM - 2nd Floor

Lighthouse - Queer Creatives Reading

11:40 AM - 12:35 PM - 2nd Floor

Black Feral Femme Poetics with Confidence Omenai - Reading 

Poetry exploring the fragility underneath our ferocity and the societal expectations of burden bearing, martyrdom without protection, covering or safety.

12:40 PM - 1:35 PM - 2nd Floor

Colorado's Poet Laureates - Reading & Panel Discussion

Featuring Colorado State Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Ashley Cornelius,

and Aurora Poet Laureate Ahja Fox.

1:40 PM - 2:05 PM - 2nd Floor

Adrian Miller - Reading & Signing

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM - 1st Floor, Conference Room

Sacred Voices Youth Poetry Reading

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The festival and book fair are free and open to all. Housed in the McNichols Civic Center Building all weekend, we are bringing together incredible writers, publishers, and creatives under one roof. Join us for readings, signings, panels, movies, and other events.

Check out the festival schedule and book fair exhibitors below! 

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Visit these exhibitors all weekend at the book fair on the second floor to browse books and explore literary and arts offerings from around the country.



  • Jaipur Literary Festival

  • Lighthouse Writers Workshop

  • Out Front Colorado

  • PEN America

  • Queer Asterisk

  • Regis Mile High MFA

  • Sacred Voices

  • Shop at MATTER

  • Slam Nuba

  • Townie Books

  • Wilkes University

  • Ashley Bunn

  • Biennial of the Americas


  • Button Poetry

  • Colorado Humanities

  • Deborah Jang

  • Deborah Martinez

  • Denver Arts & Venues

  • Denver Film

  • Denver Public Library

  • Duende District 

Visit Townie Books at the Book Fair throughout the weekend for author signing hours! The full schedule is available at Townie's exhibit table.


book fair exhibition at [margins.] 

Exhibitor Large Booth: Available for sponsors. Sponsorship rates are available here.


Exhibitor Table: $500. Each 4’ x 8’ space includes one 6’ x 2.5’ draped table, two chairs, one wastebasket, a listing in the event program, and a listing & link on the [margins.] website.


Small Press & Individual Authors (less than $15,000 annual gross): $150 


Local Small Business Exhibitors: $150 


Spaces are limited. 


Many of our exhibitors are also conference participants. Please indicate if you would like to submit a speaker for one of the following: 

  • Panel 

  • Reading 

  • Workshop


include: bio & contact information 


The [margins.] planning team will confirm status of submissions by June 1, 2022. 

Bookfair terms & conditions are available HERE

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