Denver Butson & Jordan Perry

Join us for an evening of poetry and live music with poet Denver Butson and musician Jordan Perry. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.

Denver Butson is an award-winning poet with work in dozens of literary journals, in numerous anthologies, and in his five books of poetry. His collaborations with visual artists and musicians, and his own visual work, have shown in galleries and performance spaces in New York and Italy. His work has been thrice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize (once by Joyce Carol Oates), featured on National Public Radio, and celebrated in The Library of Congress’s Poetry 180 program. Winner of the 2020 William Matthews Poetry Prize, judged by Ilya Kaminsky, Butson wrote the afterword for Jim Harrison’s posthumous Collected Ghazals (Copper Canyon Press). The Scarecrow Alibis, winner of the 2022 Vern Ratsula Poetry Prize (Cloudbank Books), launched in October.

Jordan Perry is a guitarist and educator based in Charlottesville, Virginia. His most recent albums of solo guitar music, Beautiful Swimmers (20/20 Records and Tapes, 2021), Curtains (20/20 Records and Tapes, 2022), and Changing Always Who Is Waving To Us (Feeding Tube Records, 2020), explore Perry’s improvisational language born out of his earlier albums of classical guitar composition, Witness Tree (Feeding Tube Records, 2019) and S/t (Feeding Tube Records / Good Cry Records, 2018).