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

David Mason's Children's Book

David Mason's new children's book, "Davey McGravy," is filled with wonder, love, and tragedy. See more at:

Looking for Poets for Children

CPC received this request recently:

My name is Amy Corr and I am an Elementary Curriculum Coordinator in Douglas County School District and one of the schools I support, Sage Canyon Elementary is a Project-Based Learning school.

SCE's 1st grade team will be starting a poetry unit in early April, in conjunction with the start of National Poetry Month. They are interested in hosting a poet that specializes (or has written) children's poetry for their "entry event" which is the starting point of a new Project.

I would love to connect with Anita Jepson-Gilbert, as I see from your website that she does a great deal with children's poetry and literature. However, I would love to connect with and talk to this project with any and all of the poets that are connected to your organization that are child-focused and might be willing to attend the entry event at SGE.

Would you please pass this email along to any in your organization that you think would be interested? Thank you so much for your consideration and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Have a wonderful day.

Amy Corr, Ed.S.
Elementary Curriculum Coordinator
World Class Education
Douglas County Schools

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Adams Poetry Prize Deadline March 22

From Martin Balgach:
Attention poets of Colorado: here is a great opportunity to enter your poems for the Michael Adams Poetry Prize. I have the honor of judging this year's contest (blindly) so send your best! Deadline is March 22, 2015 and a public reading and event happens on April 18th! There are three categories, and the best poem wins $500! Please help spread the word as we honor Mike and our wonderful local poetry community!
Lafayette, CO - Official Website - Michael Adams Poetry Prize
Call for Poets for the Michael Adams Poetry Prize

Annual Mark Fischer Prize ups award ante to $1000

Annual Mark Fischer Prize ups award ante to $1000

TELLURIDE – Celebrating its 18th year, the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize has increased its cash award to $1,000 for this year’s winning poem and opened its eligible contestants to any poet living west of the Mississippi, according to the event’s organizers – San Miguel County Commissioner Elaine Fischer and the Talking Gourds poetry program.

Submissions, one page, no name, original work, $5 a poem. See full guidelines at:

“We’re pleased to be able to honor Mark’s memory with a contest that benefit Western poets,” explained Art Goodtimes, Telluride Institute board member and Talking Gourds director. “All styles and content are welcome. The wilder the better.”

By increasing the cash award and expanding the eligible pool of poets, Goodtimes hopes to draw more attention to one of Colorado’s older literary traditions. In addition, this year the prize will be given at a ceremony to be held as part of the second annual Telluride Literary Arts Festival (May 15-17, 2015).
Final judge this year will be North Beach legend Jack Mueller.

For more info, contact Art Goodtimes at or visit the Telluride Institute website at

A Colorado on-line bookstore

View Conundrum Press’s new cozy warm bookstore:

Philip Levine Passes Away

Philip Levine, Pulitzer Prize-winning “poet of work,” has passed away at the age of 87. See other info:

11th Annual ACC Writers Studio Literary Contest in Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction

Kathryn Winograd reminds us that the Writers Studio at Arapahoe Community College has announced its 11th Annual Writers Studio Literary Contest for unpublished work in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The contest is open to all Colorado residents and the deadline to submit work is March 16, 2015. Finalists from the contest will be determined by outside judging from nationally-acclaimed writers.

Lighthouse Writers Invitation

Call for Leadership
If you would like to become more involved in supporting or leading Lighthouse Writers Workshop, please send a brief statement of interest to by February 28, 2015.

Golden Poetry Speaking Group

SETH (Gregory Seth Harris) writes: “IF YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION is to read your poetry better in front of audiences, come join a group of like-motivated poets and storytellers.

“We gather in Golden 2nd & 4th Saturdays from 11am-1pm, to help each other become more effective readers. Each session includes a warm-up workshop on some aspect of expanding your vocal delivery -- taught by yours truly. Sessions are $10. Contact Roz @ to register and for directions.

“And remember, you can always get hands-on experience by joining me at the Merc every Sunday night from 7-8pm.”

Fischer Prize Deadline: April 15, 2015

Deadline: Mark Fischer Prize, April 15, 2015. Cash award and reading. $6 submission free. Get details at:

Call for poems: Mountain Gazette

Michael Henry is the new editor of Mountain Gazette and wants to publish “engaging smart poems.” Poems, Henry says “are journeys of discovery. It may be the land you already know. It may be a completely foreign landscape. It may be a trip into the mundane, into dream, into memory. Or into the mountains. Indeed, when in doubt, go higher. And deeper.”

If you’re interested in submitting, please send 3 to 5 poems via Submittable at:

Submitted poems must have titles. And please, no poems longer than two or three pages, single-spaced. If you like, feel free to include a short, two or three sentence bio with your submission. Poems must be previously unpublished. Rights revert back to writer upon publication.

Laureate Hutchison Moves Blog

Colorado Poet Laureate Joe Hutchison writes: “I'll only importune you all once on this subject. After 8 years of blogging on, I've moved The Perpetual Bird to Wordpress so that I could integrate it with my redesigned Web site, and I wanted to invite you all to subscribe to it. It's free, of course! Just go to my site (, scroll to the middle section of the page, and sign up.”

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”

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."

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

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.

CPC on Facebook

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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:

Innisfree Bookstore on Facebook

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