If you have a literary announcement to make, please contact the CPC at (Bob King, Colorado Poets Center)

Local Writing Groups: Denver, Loveland


For the Columbine Poets critique/support group, Anita says: “We're back to our regular 1st Saturday Critique schedule on Jan. 3, 2015, so bring your newest poems or else some vintage work to solicit feedback from the group. Bring between 12 and 15 copies to Ziggies. We have several new members, so it's hard to tell how many will be there. As always, it's from 10 to noon at 4923 W. 38th Avenue (Denver).”

And, in Loveland, the group formerly sponsored by Greenfuse continues to meet at Daz Bog Coffee in Loveland, on Lincoln between 5th and 6th; 11 to 1 pm on 2nd Saturdays of each month. Bring 10 copies of your work for critique/ support.

Hutchison Interview on TweetSpeak

Joseph Hutchison, Colorado’s new Laureate, is featured in a 3-part interview with Maureen Dioallas on “TweetSpeak: the best in poetry and poetic things.”

“Why I Teach Poetry”

“Let Go of What You Mean to Say”

“Everyone Has Imagination”

Pilgrimage magazine announces deadlines

Pilgrimage ("a small magazine living the big questions) has announced its call for submissions on theme of “Sleep” ends Dec. 1

For issue on “Flight”, deadline is Feb. 15, 2015
See other upcoming themes on the submission page.

Conundrum Press Announces Tri-annual The Conundrum

Conundrum Press says: “To kick off our next phase of building the press—expanding our area of influence and building direct-to-reader sales—we are pleased to announce the first issue of [The Conundrum—a free, tri-annual sampler of the phenomenal literature we publish. The Conundrum is meant to be shared freely and proudly. It is our gift to you! Read it online. Download it to your favorite reading device. Share it. Talk about it. Love it. We'll make more."

New Liquid Light Book

Liquid Light Press announces the publication of Roger Higgins' book of poetry, Surf Sounds. Check it out at

Open Bard Series Announces Schedule

Open Bard Poetry Series in Ridgway begins its second season on October 2, 2014, with poet Cameron Scott of Basalt reading from his new collection, The Book of Ocho. Other poets on Open Bard’s 2014-15 line-up include Kate Kingston, Danny Rosen, Franck Coons, Kyle Harvey, Mary Margaret Alvarado, Robert King, Michelle Battiste, and Karen Glenn. Readings with open mics following take place in the historic Sherbino Theater starting at 6:30 p.m. on first Thursdays. More information can be found at

8th Colorado Poet Laureate Announced

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, Gov Hickenlooper named Joe Hutchison of Indian Hills as the new Colorado poet laureate. See more information on Joe at his pages on
Read an interview on one of his latest books, Marked Men at

Call for Long Poems

“Warning, Poems May Be Longer Than They Appear: An Anthology of Longish Poems.” Looking for poems of 3-6 pages/100-200 lines., any theme. No press yet. Eds: Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum and M. F. Silverman. By Sept. 30: Previously published okay if rights can be obtained. (McFadyen-Ketchum is represented on the CPC site).

Irwin's 7th Book Out

Sample poem and ordering information for Mark Irwin’s 7th book, Large White House Speaking (New Issues, Western Michigan University, 2013)

Interview of Irwin by Susan Bell on Large White House Speaking and a sample poem at:

Pilgrimage Issue Appears

The new issue of Pilgrimage, edited by Juan Morales, focuses on the theme of Labor. Colorado poet Veronica Patterson has a poem in this issue as well as Jessy Randall with a collaboration with New Jersey poet Ken Cenicola.

Subscriptions to this Colorado journal are $22 for one year or $40 for two.
Juan Morales, Pilgrimage Magazine, Colo. State University-Pueblo, Dept. of English and Foreign Languages, 220 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, CO 81001

Index to Interviews Now Available

NEW on the CPC homepage: click on “Interviews” and get an index of interviews with poets’ names (From Mike Adams to Jake York) and a clickable link to the page of The Colorado Poet where they first appeared.

Reader-Supported Journalism

Kathryn Winograd (Phantom Canyon: Essays of Reclamation, 2013) has embarked upon a new project, writing on Beacon, a platform for reader-supported journalism. Her project is a monthly column/essay under the title “Migrations at 9,600 Feet,” the altitude of her cabin and forty acres, which focuses on “the environmental issues and wonders that surround us.” Her goal is twenty-five subscribers to get started. Read more about it at:

CPC on Facebook

The Colorado Poets Center is now on Facebook. Find us and 'like' us, if you can.

Krysl Co-Edits Sestina Book

Carolyn Reed Whitlow and Marilyn Krysl are the co-editors of the newly released Obsession: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century (Dartmouth College Press) with over 130 selections.

Aurora's First Poet Laureate

Jovan Mays is the city of Aurora’s first poet laureate, approved Jan. 27 by the City Council. According to the Denver Post, he’ll serve for two years and will “advocate for poetry, literacy and literature, give public readings and lead creative writing in schools.” Mays is an award-winning member of Denver’s Slam NUBA team.

Rocky Mountain Poetry Series Planned

Heard about the Rocky Mountain Poetry Series that Caleb at Conundrum Press if fomenting? It’s a subscription series and the hope is to reach a goal of 300 by May this year. David Rothman has already gotten started on the series which will include anthologies of Colorado and Wyoming poets and two new collections by Bruce Berger. Visit the site to find out more.

Stephen Beal: In Memoriam

Stephen Beal (1939-2010) was a fabric artist and poet located in Loveland. His first book of poetry The Very Stuff (Interweave Press, 1995), each of whose poems was inspired by a shade of embroidery floss, was awarded the 1997 Colorado Book Award in Poetry and sold over seven thousand copies. His second book, Suddenly Speaking Babylonian (Hanging Loose Press, 2004), was a nominee for the same award in 2005. He was represented in the critically acclaimed group exhibition, "Pricked: Extreme Embroidery," at the Museum of Arts and Design in 2007. In 2008 Beal was the recipient of the Lillian Elliott Award for Excellence in Fiber Art, presented at the Textile Society of America Symposium by the Lillian Elliott Award Board. His work, thankfully, remains and he was afforded the pleasure of knowing of his successes. (Bob King)

50 Best Books Since 1950

Joe Hutchison has started a 50-Best-Books-Published-Since-1950 list to which you are invited to contribute. Visit http://perpetualbird. entry for Oct. 17, 2013, for full set of rules but know now you can only choose one book and no selected or collected volumes; you must include a pithy paragraph about why this book wowed you; you must provide title, author, publishers, year of publication, and an Internet link for current purchase. Read the full rules and email your choice (after proofreading carefully) to joe [at] jhwriter[dot] com.

So far Joe has selected William Stafford’s The Rescued Year; Padma Thornlyre has listed Kazantzakis’ The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel; Kathleen Cain has listed Seamus Heaney’s Death of a Naturalist; Cheryl Loetscher listed Wendell Berrty’s The Country of Marriage, and Bob King has listed James Wright’s The Branch Will Not Break.

Smith on Board of New York Quarterly

Jared Smith has just been accepted as a Board Member of the New York Quarterly. In the 1970s and 80s, Smith served on NYQ’s Editorial Committee and then a Board Member. Now, in 2013, Board President, Daniel Y. Harris, has persuaded him to return as Board Member, and Jared agrees this is “exciting news.”

In Memoriam: Michael Adams

Michael Adams died on September 26, 2013, surrounded by family and friends.

Michael was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in the steel town of Homestead. Colorado has been his home for over 30 years.

Mike’s life and work were a reflection of his own intellectual curiosity and varied interests. He spent four years as a steelworker at the Duquesne works while he attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, and a Master’s degree in planning. He continued his education at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. Mike also pursued a Zen meditation practice, which informed and shaped his later artistic activities.

After his stint as a steelworker, Mike worked as an urban planner, mountaineering guide, teacher, and natural resource manager. His recent career included work for Boulder County Open Space as a natural resource manager, and as a faculty advisor for the Masters’ program in Adventure Education at Prescott University.

His diverse work experience and upbringing left him with a lifelong passion for issues of social, economic, and environmental justice and a love for the natural world. Mike spent much time hiking and exploring in the mountains of Colorado. He especially loved being at the cabin he built in the Wet Mountains.

Michael was very active in poetry and the arts, both locally and regionally. He was active in, and for a time chaired, the Lafayette, Colorado Cultural Arts Commission. Mike was himself an accomplished and highly regarded poet and writer. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies, including The Pedestal, PoLarity, The Midwest Quarterly, Pilgrimage, Mad Blood, Hunger and Thirst, and Desert Shovel. He was also an accomplished musician and clawhammer banjo player, and often merged his poetry with music. He was a Guest Artist with Art From Ashes, and performed on radio and television across the country, either alone or as part of the poetry group The Free Radical Railroad. Throughout his life, Mike stayed true to his roots, his principles and his beliefs, and advocated tirelessly on behalf of justice and equality, in his poetry, in his music and in his life.

Michael published seven books of poetry: Steel Valley, If You Can Still Dance With It: Stone Belly and Cold Mountain, Whistleblowers: The Free Radical Railroad, Broken Hand Peak, Underground: Free Radical Railroad, Blue Flowered Lettuce, and Hardscrabble, and edited another, Singing This Great Body Together: In Remembrance of September 11, 2011.He was the winner of the 2007 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize.

Michael was deeply loved and respected by everyone who knew him for his greatness of spirit, his kindness and humility, his rectitude and intellectual honesty, and the thoughtfulness and integrity with which he approached everyone around him and everything he did. Those who knew him will always remember his wise counsel, his good cheer around the campfire, his hearty laugh, his poetry, and his banjo playing and singing. His friends regarded him as their brother, and his community of family and friends will miss him deeply.

Michael is survived by his beloved wife Claire, mother Martha, mother-in-law Margaret, sister Jeanne and her partner Lavon, brother Mark and wife Lynne, sister-in-law Colleen and husband Ray, brother-in-law Dan and his wife Li-Piin, nephews Andy and wife LeeAnn, Kaleb and wife Loretta and great-nephew Jakob, niece Heather and husband Simon and great nephew Dylan, faithful canine companion Terra, a large extended family and his many, many friends.

Donations in Mike’s honor can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter,, or Community Food Share,

A celebration of Mike’s life will be held Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Lafayette at 2 o’clock p.m.

Colorado Poets Center Now on Facebook

As of summer, 2013, the Colorado Poets Center has a Facebook page. Visit it and "like" us, as they say. The same content is posted there as on this site (Awards and Writing News) but a bit more quickly. Become a friend!

Call for Submissions

A Call for Submissions has beenissued by
Chase Erwin, publisher of OSSUARY WHISPERS, based in Grand Junction, CO. “We publish poetry in the following sub-genres: experimental, political, historical, war.
The publication is in physical format only at this time, but I do have a webpage up with info and a contact link:

Thank you all so much in advance for your submissions, and please keep them under 150 words. Electronic submissions are preferred. Send them in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf format.”

Kocher Nominated for National Book Award

Ruth Ellen Kocher’s book, domina Un/blued, has just (June 19, 2013) been nominated for a National Book Award.

Saner Lifetime Achievement Award

Reg Saner received the first Chamberlain Award for Lifetime Poetic Achievement at the Chamberlain Poetry Festival in April at Carbondale. For more information on Saner, see his pages on this site.

Abeyta New Western Slope Laureate

Aaron Abeyta received the Western Slope laureateship at the recent Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival in Carbondale. Abeyta is an award-winning poet and professor at Adams State College in Alamosa and the author of Colcha, (Univ. Press of Colorado, 2001) and as orion falls (Ghost Road Press, 2005).

Poetry West Seeking Sponsors

Poetry West, in Colorado Springs, is seeking underwriters, at $20 and up, for its literary magazine, The Eleventh Muse. Poetry West is seeking grants, which may or may not be awarded, so if you would like to advertise your business card, or name and books, etc., we welcome you to the underwriter section, end-book, which WILL be seen, and produced tastefully. For more information on levels of sponsorship, please contact PW Vice-President Julianza Shavin: or 719-375-1200. After April 8th, you may also contact PW President Loring Wirbel: or 970-330-7488.

Now Accepting Submissions: Fruita Pulp

Fruita Pulp ( has recently emerged as an on-line publication to act as a cultural guide to Fruita, Colorado, and the Grand Valley. The editor, Kyle Harvey hopes it will serve as a literary journal on the Western Slope and is soliciting submissions of “poetry, short friction, etc.”

They are also interested in pieces about Fruita, Colorado, Mountains, Culture (Art, Music, Photography, Food, Drink, etc), Outdoors, Mountain Biking, Paleontology, Geology and Astronomy.

Please send all submissions via email at
Submissions should be submitted as a Word Document (.doc, .docx, etc) or in Simple Text form. Please include byline as well as any bio information and links to relevant materials.

Hardung Chosen Ft. Collins Laureate

Wolverine Farm Publishing is proud to present their 2nd Fort Collins Poet Laureate Jason Hardung. Jason got his start writing for skateboard magazines. Since then his work has appeared in hundreds of literary journals and magazines including: 3AM, Chiron Review, Evergreen Review, Word Riot, Thrasher Magazine, New York Quarterly, Boneshaker, Matter Journal and Monkey Bicycle. He has been nominated for the Pushcart and Best of The Web. His first full length book of poetry, The Broken and the Damned, came out on Epic Rites Press in 2009. His second, The Names of Lost Things was released in June of 2012 on Lummox Press. He has been an editor for Wolverine Farm Publishing and the Front Range Review in Ft. Collins, Colorado where he lives in a commune with seven other people. He still has that parakeet he found outside one night in sub-zero temperatures. The one whose feet fell off three months later from frost bite, but don’t worry, it still sings.

Wolverine Press started the Laureate project in 2011 to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of poetry in Fort Collins.

Talking Gourds Poetry Club

Talking Gourds Poetry Club is a collaboration among local poets, the Wilkinson Library, Between the Covers Bookstore, and Arroyo’s. Members meet monthly, first Tuesdays, in the evening, at Arroyo’s Fine Art Gallery & Wine Bar at 220 E. Colorado Ave. in Telluride. 970.239.2006

Want to Be a Sponsor?

Poetry West hopes to publish its anthology, The Eleventh Muse, again in 2013. If an individual poet or business would be interested in underwriting the anthology at any amount, with mention of your name or more included, please contact Julie Shavin: Costs include the advertising/call for entries, printing, and mailing of copies.

New Book from Liquid Light

Liquid Light Press announces the publication of Catalyst by Jeremy Martin, “a mind field of delight.” Wayne Gilbert says “Martin is a modern mystic filled with boyish enthusiasm-awe and the spiritual wildness of a Sufi poet.” To order: http://liquidlightpress

Rocky Mountain Poetry Series

Conundrum Press is launching the Rocky Mountain Poetry Series by subscription. Subscribers receive 3 new poetry collections along with a discount code for books published by Conundrum, Burnside Books, and Samizdat Create. They need 300 subscribers (the categories are $50, $75, $90 and $140). Donate at:

Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop

In case you don’t know about the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, here is their statement with website at the end.

"Lighthouse Writers Workshop is an independent creative writing center in Denver, Colorado, founded and operated by working writers and university-level teachers of writing. Since 1997, Lighthouse has enabled writers to explore their craft in a supportive yet challenging environment. "Our faculty are among the best and brightest writers in Colorado and beyond, and have won many prestigious awards, including Stegner Fellowships, the Rome Prize, Pushcart Prize, and the Colorado Book Award. "Among our members, many have published and received awards too--but that's not the only goal of Lighthouse. We care about the written word, the beauty and energy in telling stories, but mostly we believe in the transformative power of writing, which is an integral part of our mission. "Lighthouse is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that complies with all federal rules and regulations in providing equal access and opportunities in both learning and employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, physical disability, sexual orientation, race, or religion."

Check their website for faculty, workshop schedule, and more:

Liquid Light Press Chapbook Sought

Liquid Light Press announces what they are currently looking for:
"Chapbook size sequences of poetry with transcendent themes synergistic with our mission. The collection should be easily readable in one sitting. The manuscript should be from 20-25 pages of poetry in length when printed in a 12 point font on 8.5" X 11" inch paper. The poetry should demonstrate a maturity of craft in service of the poem and stand well on the page. We are interested primarily in poems that work best on the printed page. (It is suggested that you submit your performance focused works in mp3 format to our partner site,

Mission Statement: “Our mission is to promote the artistic sharing of the human journey to consciousness and inner experiences difficult to express in linear vocabulary. We publish poetry that landmarks spiritual evolution, is attentive to the moment and reminds us of everyday miracles. We were proud to produce Liquid Light Press Premium Chapbook First Editions and e-books for global distribution. We are thrilled to now present Rachel Kellum's first book of poetry, ah. Coming up next, Catalyst by Jeremy Martin and then Of Eyes and Iris by Erika Moss Gordon.”

Poetry Society of Colorado

The Poetry Society of Colorado are poets that meet for workshops, temporarily, at Lakewood’s Saint Paul's Episcopal Church {9200 West Tenth Avenue} at 10:00 am, the third Saturday of each month. Check out for Contests or other info. Contact Cheryl Wilkie 303-422-3986

Just Sayin' Series

“Just Sayin’ Poetry and Open Mic Community,” Denver's only queer-centric, straight-friendly, community-based, poetry and open mic, announces regular readings “where anyone can read poetry, announce events, or perform in any fashion,” on the first and last Friday of every month at 7 p.m. in the upstairs bar at EDEN, 3090 Downing Street.
Visit them at their website: and Facebook:

GJ Writers' Forum Site

The Grand Junction-based Western Colorado Writers’ Forum has a website providing information on their writers’ conference, events and classes, ongoing programs, and a lot more. Visit them at:

Also, a 24-minute video of the Writers’ Forum fall conference, “The Language of This Land,” is available at:

Innisfree Bookstore on Facebook

Find poems, news, and links to poetry articles at Boulder’s Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Café on Facebook:

Poets' Co-Op TV Archived

Past appearances of Colorado and national poets on the Poets’ Co-Op TV show are archived at Readers include Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, SETH, Katherine West and Jeff Finer, Jared Smith, Evan Oakley, Lynn Emanuel, M. D. Friedman, and Sandy Tseng.