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

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).

Town of Lafayette Program

Martin Balgach reminds poets of the “Art on the Street: See & Respond” program in Lafayette. Extended deadline: Aug. 18, 2014. For more info:

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:

Poetry submissions requested for West Pearl Street public project

The City of Boulder Downtown/University Hill Management Division, Boulder Public Library, and the Office of Arts & Cultural Services request submissions of poetry for a public project associated with the west Pearl Street streetscape improvements. Poets from throughout Boulder County are encouraged to submit their short-format poem on the following theme:

“The Streets of Our City:
Whisper in my ear what the locals love about urban life in Boulder.”

Poetry submissions will be accepted between Monday, July 21, and Monday, Aug. 24 at midnight. Entries may only be submitted online at:

A selection panel will identify the top six to eight poems, which will be permanently installed on the new way-finding totems (rendering attached) that will be installed on west Pearl Street in the coming year. Finalists will also receive a commemoration of their award, an honorarium, and will participate in celebration events.

“We hope that this project injects poetry throughout the urban environment of west Pearl to make a vibrant street experience,” said Tony Burfield, a poetry specialist, Boulder Public Library staff member and juror in the competition.

Poetry submissions must have no more than 130 characters including spaces. Only one submission per person will be accepted. The work will be displayed in a public setting. No profanity, hateful language, violent narratives, or advocating of a single political or religious viewpoint over others will be accepted. Entrants must reside, work, or go to school in Boulder County. Poems must be submitted in one of the following categories: 1) Children/Youth, 2) Amateur, or 3) Professional. Submissions are encouraged in English or any other language. Entrants must comply with the terms of use agreement. Full details and the entry form are available online at:

For more information about the West Pearl Streetscape Project, please visit: For any questions about the poetry call for entries, please contact Katherine at:, or Matt at:

Fruit Pulp July/August 20914 Issue Out

The July/August 2014 issue of Fruita Pulp is now available at:

Work by s. minetta gould, jeff alessandrelli, ernest hilbert, robert gibbons, jessica millnitz, amanda silernagel, david j. rothman; interview with jack Collom; essay: “arduity: paying attention to paul celan.”

Western State Hosts 15th Annual Writing the Rockies Conference

Western’s Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is proud to present the 15th annual Writing the Rockies Conference, July 24-27. This intensive workshop welcomes beginners, published writers, teachers, students, and anyone else who believes in the magic and power of the written word.

Western State Colorado University to Host 15th Annual Writing the Rockies Conference

Western’s Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is proud to present the 15th annual Writing the Rockies Conference, July 24-27. This intensive workshop welcomes beginners, published writers, teachers, students, and anyone else who believes in the magic and power of the written word.

Conference organizer, widely published author and long-time Western faculty member Mark Todd has brought together more than 25 writers, publishers and editors to create the preeminent literary gathering in the region this year.

Initially called “Writing the West,” the conference was founded at Western in 2000 by local author and publisher Larry Meredith and Denver writer Corinne Brown.

Faculty members this year include Western MFA professors along with a distinguished roster of guests in fiction, creative non-fiction, screenwriting, poetry and the publishing business. Working with participants of all levels, faculty help writers hone their craft through workshops, tutorials and seminars and mix with participants during events outside of formal sessions. Participants can even schedule pitch sessions with national agents and publishers.

Taken altogether, the Conference faculty and speakers have written, published or produced hundreds, if not thousands, of books, films and shows.

Fiction faculty include Western Fiction MFA Director Russell Davis and MFA faculty Michaela Rossner and Diana Pharaoh Francis. The fiction keynote speaker is Joe Haldeman, author of the Forever War series and five-time winner of both the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award. Other fiction faculty include Diana Tixier Herald, one of the country’s leading experts on trends in genre fiction.

Screenwriting faculty include Western MFA Screenwriting Director J. S. Mayank and Western faculty member Jack Lucido, along with Michael Brody, who also directs the Crested Butte Film Festival. The screenwriting keynote speaker is Joel Thompson, whose many credits include House MD, Boomtown, Battlestar Galactica, and Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies series.

The 5th Annual Poetry Symposium brings together eight distinguished poets and critics. Participants this year include poetry keynote speaker Frederick Turner, Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, whose books include Shakespeare and the Nature of Time; Beauty: The Value of Values; and Epic: Form, Content, and History, as well as many volumes of poetry. Others are Western MFA Director David J. Rothman and faculty member David Yezzi, Symposium co-founder Jan Schreiber, and guests Marilyn Taylor, Kim Bridgford, Natalie Gerber and Tom Cable. New this year is a group of K12 educators discussing the teaching of poetry. These two sessions are chaired by Dave Reynolds, who serves as Chair of English at the Fountain Valley School, and include Western Poetry MFA alumnae Malinda Miller and Laura Stuckey, along with Benjamin Dancer, who teaches at the Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood, Colorado.

The conference will also feature an impressive gathering of eight publishers and agents, including conference co-founder Larry Meredith, Julie Luek, Leah Rogin-Roper, Caleb J. Seeling, Greg Smith, Sam Smith, John Steele and Terri Wolf, who have all worked nationally and internationally. The publishing keynote speaker is John Helfers, an author and editor who spent fourteen years working for Martin H. Greenberg at Tekno Books (the largest commercial book packager in the nation), where he edited more than twenty short story anthologies and many other books.

For more information and program costs go to or contact Extended Studies at (970) 943-2885.

Denver Summer Workshops

Denver’s Lighthouse Writers offers the following as late summer session:
• One-day: How to Write a Great (Maybe Even Best American) Short Story with Heidi Pitlor, editor of the Best American Short Stories series
• 4-Week Reading as a Writer: Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian taught by Benjamin Whitmer
• 4-Week Flash Generator: Travels in Intensity with Chris Ransick
• 4-Week Rock Your Scenes with Doug Kurtz
• 4-Week Reading as a Writer: George Saunders’s Tenth of December taught by Alexander Lumans (coincides with the not-to-miss Writer’s Studio weekend featuring the man himself, George Saunders!)
• 8-Week Reading as a Writer: Middlemarch taught by Rebecca Berg
• 8-Week Horror, Shockers, and the Supernatural with John Cotter
• 8-Week Advanced Narrative Nonfiction with Brad Wetzler
• 8-Week Online Poetry Almanac for Fall with Dana Elkun
• One-Weekend Intensive Reading as a Writer—Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass taught by David Rothman

See August schedule here:

Lighthouse Writers Book Project

from Chris Ransick:

I'm so pleased to announce the launch of the Poetry Book Project at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. I'll serve as poetry mentor to incoming participants for the inaugural run of this 2-year program, working alongside faculty poets Mike Henry and John Brehm, as well as guest poets who'll visit Denver for special events and sessions. This promises to be a great program, full of unique opportunities for study and development of a manuscript, all in the supportive context of one of the best independent writing schools in the country. If you want to know more, check the link below and feel free to join us for an information session at Lighthouse Writers Workshop at 6 p.m. on July 11. Applications are accepted through July 25.

Check out:

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

Denver County Fair Poetry Contest

Enter now! Denver County Fair Poetry Contest, sponsored by Lighthouse Writers and Tattered Cover Book Store.
This year’s theme: I ❤ Denver.

Let your love of Denver shine! We’re looking for love — classic love, erotic love, funny love, break-up love, landscape love, food love, good love gone wrong — in, around, and about Denver.
Just 2 weeks to enter! Deadline is July 15, 2014.

Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style. Contest is open to Colorado residents. Poems must be previously unpublished and have not received awards in other competitions. One poem per entry fee. Multiple submissions welcome. Submissions are judged by a panel of literary professionals. All judging is blind.

Two Categories: Adult (ages 18 and over); Youth (ages 10 - 17)


• First Place: Blue Ribbon + Lighthouse Writers Workshop Gift Certificate + Tattered Cover Token + $20 + featured in Poetry Performance

• Second Place: Red Ribbon + Tattered Cover Token + featured in Poetry Performance

• Third Place: White Ribbon + Tattered Cover Token + featured in Poetry Performance

• Finalists: Featured in Poetry Performance
How to Enter:

1. Read Competition Info here:

Use the online form to pay the $5 fee.
This fee provides you with FREE admission to the Denver County Fair.

2. Submit your poem by July 15 via email to:
Include your name, address, telephone number and category (Adult or Youth).
Attach the poem in a Word Document or in the body of your email.
You must pay entry fee to be eligible to win.

Winning poems will be on display at the Denver County Fair, August 1 - 3, 2014.
Winners and finalists are invited to read their poems at the Denver County Fair Poetry Performance on Sunday, August 3, 2014.

Poem Entry Deadline: July 15, 2014
Finalists Announced: July 29, 2014
Winners Announced: Friday, August 1, 2014
Winning Poems Displayed: August 1-3, 2014
Poetry Performance: Sunday, August 3, 2014

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.

Grayson Chapbook Contest

Grayson Books Poetry Prize
The Grayson Books Poetry Prize is now open to submissions. This is open to all poets writing in English. We encourage you to use the submission manager for electronic submission by Aug. 15. If you go this route, do not put any contact information on your manuscript. That information will go on a submission form. You can enter electronically here:

If you prefer to mail your entry, send a 50-80 page book manuscript with two cover pages (one with complete contact info, one with no contact info), a reading fee of $25, and SASE for results to Grayson Books, PO 270549, West Hartford, CT 06127.

The winner will be awarded a $1,000 prize, publication, and 10 copies. Dick Allen will serve as judge. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if we are notified immediately about an acceptance elsewhere.

About the Judge: Dick Allen, Connecticut State Poet Laureate, is one of America’s leading poets and an acclaimed performer of his poetry. He is the author of eight books of poetry, including This Shadowy Place, Poems, winner of the New Criterion Poetry Prize and Present Vanishing: Poems, winner of Connecticut Book Award in Poetry.

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:

Colorado Book Awards Finalists 2014

The 2014 Colorado Book Award finalists in Poetry are:
Little Oblivion by Susan Allspaw (Elixir Press), Natural Takeover of Small Things by Tim Z. Hernandez (The University of Arizona Press), and Seven by Sheryl Luna (3: A Taos Press)

For Poetry/Chapbook: Finding Cassiopeia by Frank H. Coons (Lithic Press), Hyacinth by Kyle Harvey (Lithic Press), and
Ndewo, Colorado by Uche Ogbuji (Aldrich Press).

Position Open in Creative Writing

Kathryn Winograd tells us Arapahoe Community College is looking for a creative writer. Full time position.

CPC on Facebook

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

Lois Bebe Hayna Wins Award

Lois Beebe Hayna, who is now 101, has just been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Colorado Author’s League. More info coming on Author’s League site soon

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.

Former UNC Prof. New Novel

Mark Leichliter taught fiction at the Univ. of Northern Colorado for many years and now lives and writes from Montana. His novel, In the Chameleon’s Shadow, has just appeared under his writing name, Mark Hummel. It’s available as an e-book on Kindle, as a Nookbook, and in print via Amazon. Order through your favorite independent bookstore, he suggests. Aaron Lugner is the chameleon, “a skillful con-artist hidden in plain sight. When reminders from his past return him to the U. S., he meets Myriam, a beautiful Amerasian, one of the ‘dust of life’ orphaned by the Vietnam War. Desiring to change and convinced he is in love, Aaron vows never to lie to her. Away from Myriam, his lies begin to take on life of their own. With her, his split selves threaten to collide.”

Call for Submissions

Call for submissions.

Indian Paintbrush Poets, established in 2005, reading book length manuscripts, 50 pages or more. Contact for submission guidelines. All manuscripts will be read and considered for publication.

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!

New Colorado Poetry Series

A New Monthly Poetry Series!
When: First Thursday evenings, October through May, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Who: Nationally or regionally known Colorado poets as featured performers. Audience members are invited to come up to the stage for the open reading to follow.

Where: At the historic Sherbino Theater in Ridgway $5.00 adults, all students are teachers free. *

How: Sponsored by the Ridgway Chautauqua Society, the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, Mosaic Community Project, the Ouray Public Library and the Ridgway library. Directed by local writers Kierstin Bridger and Beth Paulson.

2013-14 Schedule
Oct 3: Wendy Videlock, Grand Junction
Nov 7: Mark Todd, Western Colorado State
Dec 5: Rosemerry Trommer
Jan 9: Chris Ransick, Arapahoe Community College
Feb 6: Student/Youth
Mar 6: Pamela Uschuk and William Root, Durango, editors Cutbank
Apr 3: Lois Lopez, Mesa University, Grand Junction
May1: Ruth Ellen Kocher, University of Colorado, Boulder

A cool $20 will get you a series pass for all 8 months! This means That each performance will only cost $2.50 if you aren’t a student or teacher, in which case you pay NADA!

Please contact Kierstin at
or Beth at for more information

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.

Smith Editor of New Mag

Jared Smith is the Poetry Editor of a new national literary quarterly coming out online. The journal is Turtle Island Quarterly, and submissions should be made through the website at The first issue will be available online as of June 1st. If you wish to submit poems for consideration, please review the guidelines and essay on what we are looking for, as well as the selections we have made for the first issue at the website anytime after June 1st through the link provided. Next reading period: Nov. 2 - Dec. 21.

ACC Winners Annouced

The 2013 ACC Annual poetry contest has been announced. First polace in poetry went to Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer for "Doce Pequeños de Nicaragua."
"Her clear, simple style and her confidence let the words speak for themselves. Rosemerry Trommer
'is a chanteuse of the heart,' says poet Art Goodtimes. She has served two terms as San Miguel County’s first poet laureate and authored and edited thirteen books. Her work has been widely anthologized and has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, in O Magazine, on back alley fences, in her children’s lunchboxes, and on rocks she leaves around town. She leads poetry workshop and performs with the poetry troupe, EAR. Favorite one-word mantra: Adjust.
For Poety in 2nd place: "Polemic in Blue" by Rosanne Sterne.
"Her attempt to imaginatively inhabit the painting is ambitious and thorough. Sterne is a poet, watercolorist, and flutist whose love of bright colors and musical lyricism finds its way into her poetic work. Rosanne’s poetry has been widely published in literary magazines, and her first book of poems, Dancing in the Gaps, was published in 2010 by Finishing Line Press. Rosanne is a graduate of Harvard University where she studied poetry with Alan Williamson. She was the recipient of Harvard’s David McCord Prize for creativity. When not creating, Rosanne is a Consultant to Foundations specializing in arts and culture. She lives in Littleton, Colorado with her family.

Poetry Finalists
Ricardo Bogaert-Alvarez: Wild Pigs, and Water for My Mind
Constance Boyle: what we leave behind, this round, another world, and the sounds of our night;
Anita Jepson Gilbert: A Delicate Invasion
Vicki Mandell-King: A Charm of Hummingbirds, and A Plea For An Other Than Mind
Jack Martin: Murder
Sandra McGarry: Enough of Sea

Marilyn Krysl was the final poetry judge.

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:

Hutchison Chapbook Available

Joseph Hutchison’s chapbook The Earth-Boat is available until Dec. 18 for pre-ordering at the Word Press website:

Print copies ordered after 18 December will be queued for the 2nd printing, which will begin shipping on 15 February 2013.

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:

Loveland Writer's Circle

The Loveland Writer’s Circle will meet monthly to share work by reading in an intimate atmosphere. Call Jeanne and Leo at 970-593-1203 or Katherine and Jeff at 970-214-8766 or email for more information.

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.