Greg Hobbs finishes Amazing Authors tour at Cortez Library
By Stephanie Alderton Journal Staff Writer | Friday, May 19, 2017 10:47 AM
Greg Hobbs reads from one of his books of poetry at the Cortez Public Library on Wednesday as part of the library’s Amazing Authors series.
The Honorable Author, Gregory Hobbs
Greg Hobbs, a former Colorado Supreme Court justice who has published several books of poetry and essays, visited Cortez on Wednesday to cap the Amazing Authors Tour.
The Cortez Public Library hosted three authors – in January, March and May – along with libraries in Bayfield and Telluride.
About 40 people attended as Hobbs, of Denver, read poems and essays about the San Juan Mountains and presented a brief history of area land and water rights.
“Everything’s connected,” he said. “What is the most important resource to stay connected? Water.”
Most of his stories focused on water and its importance to Four Corners residents, going back to ancient Puebloan people.
Hobbs also read an excerpt from a book by his brother, Will Hobbs, a Durango novelist whose stories are often set in the Four Corners area.
He showed photos of local petroglyphs and landmarks as well as family photos of rafting and hiking trips in the region.
The two other speakers in the series were Santa Fe novelist Anne Hillerman and Denver nonfiction writer Brendan Leonard. All three also visited the Wilkinson and Pine River libraries.
Eric Ikenouye, director of the Cortez library, said the series has been a hit for two years, and he hopes to host it next year.
“When Anne Hillerman came, we had more than 100 people show up for that event,” he said.
Through summer, the Cortez library will host monthly “Literary Fridays at the Library,” which includes artists, authors and concerts.
Telluride Library: Amazing Author Greg Hobbs
Susan Viebrock. May 15, 2017.
“Amazing Author,” poet, water rights activist, and retired Colorado Supreme Court justice Greg Hobbs presents at Telluride’s five-star Wilkinson Public Library Monday, May 15, 6 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.
This coming Monday at Telluride’s five-star library, Greg Hobbs will read from his book “Into the Grand,” a beautiful collection of poetry, prose, essays, and photography about the Colorado Plateau and its rivers and landscapes. His writing makes clear his love for the land; the man does not stand above as an aloof observer in black robes. Hobbs moves easily from the ephemeral to the concrete and will also speak to the future of water use in Colorado based on his years as an activist and justice.
Hobbs resides in Denver, but spends much of his free time in Southwest Colorado. He practiced environmental, transportation, land use, and water law for 23 years before becoming a Colorado Supreme Court Justice from 1996-2015. His books, “Into the Grand” and “Living the Four Corners: Colorado Centennial State at the Headwaters,” speak to our human relationship with and love for the magical landscapes of the Southwest.
Interesting side note: Greg Hobbs is the brother of Will Hobbs, author of 19 novels for young adult readers, including the well-loved “Downriver.”
Below is “Organic Garlic Offering,” from the Colorado Water 2012 Book Club selection, “Living the Four Corners: Colorado Centennial State at the Headwaters.”
Hobbs is inspired by his son Dan, who farms organic garlic in the Arkansas Valley.
Organic Garlic Offering
Pick a spot of Colorado
sun below the ditch
plant them firm,
To root your hopes
set them loose
some water in
July’s the harvesting,
Purple Glazer, Silver White
Music Pink, Romanian Red,
Chesnok Inchelium, California Early,
Heirloom pungent, easy peel
good for salsa, pestos
Eating fresh and clean
saving this good farmland.
Greg Hobbs is the last in the 2016/17 Amazing Authors series, a collaboration of the Bayfield, Cortez, and Wilkinson Public Libraries. The 2017/18 authors will be announced this summer.