8 episodes

Welcome to Living Denver! On this podcast, Denverites perform original poetry about their neighborhoods and invite listeners to share in their joy-filled memories, the challenges of gentrification, and their visions for the Mile High City.

This show is brought to you by History Colorado in partnership with House of Pod. To learn more about the Building Denver Initiative and the upcoming exhibit visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver.

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Welcome to Living Denver! On this podcast, Denverites perform original poetry about their neighborhoods and invite listeners to share in their joy-filled memories, the challenges of gentrification, and their visions for the Mile High City.

This show is brought to you by History Colorado in partnership with House of Pod. To learn more about the Building Denver Initiative and the upcoming exhibit visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver.

    La Raza Park Roots

    La Raza Park Roots

    In this episode Ramon del Castillo shares the story of naming and claiming La Raza Park in North Denver. In addition to reading his original poem, “A Strut Down Memory Lane,” Ramon describes decades of activism and the power of community in transforming people and places. Listen to hear an inspiring account of overcoming obstacles and envisioning a more equitable and diverse city.
    Ramon is a retired professor who taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver for 35 years. He served as the Director of El Centro de las Familias and the PODER Project at NEWSED. Ramon was the Chair of the Master's Program of Nonprofit Management at Regis University and of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Program at Metropolitan State University.Read more of Ramon’s poetry here: https://coloradopoetscenter.org/poets/castillo_ramon/ 
    For a transcript and to learn more about the Building Denver Initiative visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver. 
    Mention this podcast to receive $2 off admission to Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City--an upcoming exhibition at the History Colorado Center beginning May 29, 2021.

    • 17 min
    A Strut Down Memory Lane in North Denver by Ramon del Castillo

    A Strut Down Memory Lane in North Denver by Ramon del Castillo

    Ramon del Castillo performs his original poem, “A Strut Down Memory Lane in North Denver" inspired by his activism in North Denver and the challenges of displacement.

    Listen to the "La Raza Park Roots" (releasing on 5/24) to hear Ramon's story.

    • 3 min
    Pedestrian Perspectives

    Pedestrian Perspectives

    Rain or shine, Jonathon Stalls’ regular commute takes him along Colorado Boulevard and through City Park. In this episode, Jonathon performs his original poem “Empire Lines” and offers pedestrian perspectives and visions for dignity in the Mile High City. 
    Jonathon spent 242 days walking across the United States in 2010 and has continued to move alongside thousands of people for thousands of miles. He is an artist, social entrepreneur, advocate for social, economic, and racial justice, LGBTQIA+, Creator of Intrinsic Paths and Pedestrian Dignity, and Founder/Member of the Walk2Connect Co-op. You can learn more about Jonathon’s work at www.IntrinsicPaths.com and www.Patreon.com/IntrinsicPaths.   
    For a transcript and to learn more about the Building Denver Initiative visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver. 
    Mention this podcast to receive $2 off admission to Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City--an upcoming exhibition at the History Colorado Center beginning May 29, 2021.

    • 16 min
    Empire Lines: Walking Denver’s Colorado Boulevard by Jonathon Stalls

    Empire Lines: Walking Denver’s Colorado Boulevard by Jonathon Stalls

    Jonathon performs his original poem, “Empire Lines" inspired by experiences of living and walking alongside Colorado Boulevard and City Park in Denver, Colorado.

    Listen to "Pedestrian Perspectives" to hear Jonathon's story.

    • 2 min
    Graffiti and Gentrification

    Graffiti and Gentrification

    From tagging dumpsters in alleyways to painting murals in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District, Josiah Lee Lopez shares his story of growing up on the West Side. Josiah’s memories invite us into the intersections of art and gentrification, the changing flavors and tastes in the city, and the loss of childhood friends and familiar faces.
    Josiah Lopez uses the street as inspiration for his work. Whether murals, graffiti, or graphic design, his art touches on the complicated narratives of urban identity. Josiah received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his work has been shown across the United States since 1998. See Josiah’s murals and more: https://www.josiahleelopez.com/ 
    For a transcript of this episode and to learn more about the Building Denver Initiative visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver. 
    Mention this podcast to receive $2 off admission to Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City--an upcoming exhibition at the History Colorado Center beginning May 29, 2021.

    • 17 min
    West Side Excursions, Adolescent Experiences circa 1985-1992 by Josiah Lopez

    West Side Excursions, Adolescent Experiences circa 1985-1992 by Josiah Lopez

    Josiah performs his original poem, “West Side Excursions” inspired by his adventures growing up in Denver’s Baker and Lincoln Park Neighborhoods.

    Listen to Graffiti and Gentrification to hear Josiah's story.

    • 3 min

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Working on this podcast was a highlight of my career and hearing the poetry and voices of the people of this city is such a gift to my soul! Grateful for these episodes to share with friends and family who have lived in this city for decades

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