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

Colorado Poet Awarded Kafka Residency Prize

New CPC poet John Casquarelli has been awarded the Kafka Residency Prize by Shalom Neuman and will leave for Prague in June.

Jan. 14 Deadline for Colorado Prize

Colorado Prize for Poetry (Colorado State Univ.)
Book-length poetry ms. accepted Oct. 1, 2015 through Jan. 14, 2016 $2,000 honorarium. This year’s final judge is Tyrone Williams.
Colo. Prize/ Poetry CSU Est. 1995

Only a Few Days Left

To all, (also announce, tell others) we need your poems to create a great 4th edition of Poetry While You Wait.
Up to 3 poems, 30 lines max for each poem, including title and all spaces between stanzas and your name, plus a 20 word bio. 12 point Times New Roman. Deadline, Sunday midnight Nov. 1
email to
Encourage others to sharpen their pencils and re-write and submit great poems. Jim Ciletti

Kleeman Wins Blue Mesa Prize

Lary Kleeman’s poem, "geometries of indifference," won first place in poetry for the 2015 Blue Mesa Summer Writing Contest. It will be published online in issue #32. The prize also includes a $500 award.

Julie Carr judged the poetry and wrote: “Lary Kleeman’s sonnet sequence, “Geometries of Indifference” reminds me of the work of A.R. Ammons: at once ornate and colloquial, formal and playful. The poem meanders easily between the present, the remembered and the imagined, keeping the reader off-kilter but returning her again and again to the stability of the real thing – melon, turtle dove, body, sage, and pine: language is sensation and the senses speak a language Kleeman knows how to read. Complex, rich, and delightful.”

New Publishing Venture for Colorado

Middle Creek Publishing and Audio (MCP&A) has created a new imprint, ECOCO Books, which will focus solely on books about or based in Colorado by Colorado authors. Fiction & Non-Fiction, Poetry, Field Guides . . . very open. Seeking works with emphasis on ecology & culture of this great western state.
For more information follow the link below:!ecoco-books/nww0x

Flash Fiction Contest

The Conium Review 2015 Flash Fiction Contest. Judged by Laura Ellen Joyce, author of The Museum of Atheism and ]i\The Luminol Reels]/i]. $300 prize, publication, and a copy of the judge's latest book. October 15th deadline. $10 entry fee. Full guidelines here:

Beachy-Quick Guggenheim Scholar

Associate Professor of Creative Writing at CSU Dan Beachy-Quick has been named a fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Beachy-Quick was one of 175 scholars, artists and scientists selected to receive a 2015 Guggenheim fellowship and one of 10 recipients in the organization’s poetry category, (there were more than 3,100 applicants). He is the first CSU professor from the humanities to win the prestigious award and only the fourth professor from the university. The award will enable Beachy-Quick, who also is a CSU Monfort professor (he was the first humanities professor to be awarded that title) to spend the next year writing. Read more here:

Herrera Appoined Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera has been appointed the first Latino U. S. Poet Laureate.
Photo and info at:

Other sources:

AND the Facebook pages for Academy of American Poets.

New Ft. Collins Radio Poetryo Show

KRFC Radio’s Poetry Show has changed. The new show is called “Between the Pages" and will be hosted by Rich Keller on the first and third Sundays of each month from 6 to 7 p.m.

The format will include readers, writer interviews, interspersed with music.

Tune in to 88.9 FM if you are local to Fort Collins-Loveland, or you can listen from anywhere on your computer, streaming at

If you would like to be a guest on the show, contact Rick Keller at

Man Booker Prize Winner

László Krasznahorkai, the Hungarian writer known for his dense and challenging novels and extremely long sentences, has been named the winner of the sixth Man Booker International Prize.
More info at:

New Book from Juan Morales

A chance to pre-order Juan Morales’ new book The Siren World (and read two poems) at Lithic Press:

Trommer named Western Slope Poet Laureate

TELLURIDE – Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer of Placerville was named the third Poet Laureate of the Western Slope during the Talking Gourds Poetry Performances Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the Ah Haa School of the Arts during the Second Telluride Literary Arts Festival (LitFest).

Emeritus Laureate Aaron Abeyta made the announcement after he read several of his own poems to great applause, the crowd calling for more. He spoke warmly of Rosemerry as one of the region’s best poets. Abeyta himself has won a Before Columbus Award, a Colorado Book Award, and is a highly respected English teacher at Adams State University in Alamosa, as well as mayor of his San Luis Valley hometown, Antonito.

“The Western Slope has such a rich, talented, diverse, generous poetry community,” said Trommer in accepting the title. “I’m so grateful to be a part of this landscape of poets. I’ve always felt so supported, and I look forward to continuing that tradition."

Trommer served two terms as San Miguel County Poet Laureate. She’s maintained a poem-a-day practice for almost a decade, sharing her work with students and friends on the Internet. At this year’s LitFest she catalyzed a Poetry Burlesque performance with several other women; premiered a poem video short with a local filmmaker, Suzan Beraza; premiered a neo-classical vocal composition she’d written and Robert McCauley had set to music (performed by an amazing vocalist and musicians at Arroyo’s Wine Bar and Gallery); and led a writing workshop titled “Walking in Two Worlds at Once” at the Wilkinson Library.

"I love what happens when people read, write, listen to and share poems with each other -- you can almost see the doors of the mind and heart swing open,” Trommer explained. “And I’m really excited about collaborative projects that combine poetry with art, music, dance, theater or video. I’ve already started to imagine projects I might coordinate to encourage more people to participate in their own poetic endeavors.”

LitFest is a collaboration among the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds program, the Wilkinson Library, Between the Covers Bookstore, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Telluride Arts and Arroyo’s Telluride. Talking Gourds is indebted to grants from Audrey Marnoy and San Miguel County Poet Laureate Peter Waldor for seeding this year’s poetry program. For more info, visit

Poetry Archive Announced

For NaPoMo, Library of Congress features 75 years of readings in its new Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature:

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:

A Colorado on-line bookstore

View Conundrum Press’s new cozy warm bookstore:

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.”

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:

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!

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).

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

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: