One of the few all-poetry bookstores in the U.S. is located right here in Boulder.
Brian Buckley and Katherine Hunter opened Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Café—named after William Butler Yeats’ “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”—in 2010, and quickly expanded the business footprint on University Hill. The store sells anthologies alongside contemporary, foreign and Colorado poetry, with a side of pastries and espresso drinks.
On Tuesday nights, join a lively group for open poetry readings. Notable poets who have read at Innisfree include Nobel nominee Ernesto Cardenal (Nicaragua), Homero Aridjis (Mexico) and Sinéad Morrissey (Northern Ireland). At Innisfree, you may not find a man with a pipe in a smoking jacket, but you’ll definitely encounter an eclectic group of people with a wide range of poetry interests. – Matthew Wilburn King