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Boulder Bookstore
1107 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO
(303) 447-2074

The Bookery Nook
4280 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO
(303) 433-3439

The Bookies4315 E. Mississippi Ave
Denver, CO
(303) 759-1117

The Bookworm of Edwards
295 Main Street #C101
Edwards, CO
(970) 926-7323

Explore Booksellers
221 East Main Street
Aspen, CO
(970) 925-5336

Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe
1203 13th Street
Suite A
Boulder, CO
(303) 579-1644

Tattered Cover Bookstore
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO
(303) 322-7727

Tattered Cover Bookstore
9315 Dorchester Street
Highlands Ranch, CO
(303) 470-7050

Tattered Cover Bookstore
1628 16th Street
Denver, CO
(303) 436-1070

The Next Page Books
409 Main Street #101
Frisco, Colorado
(970) 668-9291


Available from Colorado State Language Arts Society, 10012 Quivas St., Denver CO 80260, $5.00.

Colorado Add to Notebook

Our geology is so much more visible here in the West. It’s magnificent. You can take a little drive and see millions of years in rock formation and rock strata…that past of the mountains is visible.
Bin Ramke
Poet Laureate

David Mason
Appointed Poet Laureate of the State of Colorado on July 1, 2010, David Mason teaches in the English Department at Colorado College. He has published several books of poetry, a novel in verse, and a collection of essays. He has also co-edited a number of textbooks and anthologies.

More information on this state's laureateship
Featured Poets

Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman
A prominent figure in the Beat Poetry generation, Anne Waldman, along with Allen Ginsberg, founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, where she still teaches.

Mina Loy

Mina Loy
Born in London in 1882, Mina Loy was an eccentric poet and painter championed by great modernists as Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams. Loy became reclusive in later life, isolating herself from the literary world and living in Aspen.

Pattiann Rogers

Pattiann Rogers
The author of many poetry collections, and the recipient of many awards, including the Tietjens and Hokin prizes from Poetry magazine, Pattiann Rogers lives with her husband in Colorado.

Other Colorado Poets
Lorna Dee Cervantes
James Galvin
Allen Ginsberg
Anselm Hollo
Cole Swenson
Literary Organizations & Centers

Aspen Poets' Society
This non-profit organization hosts monthly poetry gatherings at the Hotel Lenado in Aspen. The group meets the last Sunday of every month and has enjoyed a growing audience and the participation of many local and visiting poets. The organization also sponsors an online forum where poets can share original work with fellow poetry enthusiasts.

Aspen Writers Foundation
Aspen Writers Foundation is a non-profit literary center that has been bringing readers and writers together since 1976. The organization's mission is to provide programs that encourage writers in their craft and readers in their appreciation of literature.

Colorado Center for the Book
The Colorado Center for the Book takes an active role in promoting reading and writing in Colorado. Their website maintains a calendar of literary events occurring around Colorado.

Colorado Council on the Arts
For over thirty years the Colorado Council on the Arts has invested in the cultural life of communities across the state. The Council has helped cultivate artists, arts organizations, and cultural opportunities enjoyed by millions of Coloradans each year. The council hosts a conference concerning online poetry.

Colorado Poets Center
This is a directory of writers who have published poetry and who live and work in Colorado or have strong ties to the state. This site contains Colorado poets' biographical and bibliographical material, selections from published work, and availability for readings and/or working in schools.

Writing Programs & Colonies

Colorado State University
Offers a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Students of the program run the Organization of Graduate Student Writers, a student group committed to nurturing the writing community on campus through student readings, readings featuring visiting writers, and career workshops. Each semester the creative writing department hosts guest readers in poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

Naropa University, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
Inaugurated as The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974, Naropa University's Department of Writing and Poetics offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Writing and Literature and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Writing and Poetics. Hosts a summer writing program for students of other colleges and universities.

University of Colorado
The University of Colorado offers a MA in Creative Writing. Intellectual life on campus includes seminars, colloquia, and visiting scholars sponsored by English and other departments.

University of Denver
The University of Denver offers a Ph.D. in creative writing. It is also home to the Denver Quarterly.

Poetic History

The Poetic History of Colorado
by Mary Crow
Because Colorado was settled late in the nineteenth century, poetry in English begins late in Colorado. Though there were nomadic Indian groups and, later, settlers from Mexico, there is little poetry of record before the middle of the twentieth century. Read more >

The Graves of Poets
Mino Loy is buried in Aspen Grove Cemetery in Aspen, Colorado. Her grave is at the base of a tree and is marked with a round, engraved stone.

Poems about Colorado

Spirit that Form'd this Scene
by Walt Whitman
Spirit that form'd this scene...

[In Colorado, In Oregon, upon]
by Joshua Beckman
In Colorado, In Oregon, upon...

Sunrise, Grand Canyon
by John Barton
We stand on the edge, the fall...

A Certain Slant of Sunlight
by Ted Berrigan
In Africa the wine is cheap, and it is..

Readings Series, Conferences, & Literary Festivals

Colorado State University English Department
Hosts a variety of guest readers each semester. Recent guest readers have included: Reginald Shepherd, Tomaz Salamun, Judith Kitchen and John Bradley. Contact the Main Office at 359 Eddy Hall, or email

The Greyrock Institute: Reading and Writing the Rockies
Reading and Writing the Rockies is a week long celebration of literacy in the Rocky Mountain West. Events include: opening and closing readings, featured writers series, workshops, "Nonfiction Saturday," and Wild About Writing (a children's writing workshop).

Summer Writing Program
The Summer Writing Program at Naropa University is a four-week-long convocation of students, poets, scholars, fiction writers, translators, performance artists, Buddhist teachers, musicians, printers, editors and others working in small press publishing. In dialogue with renowned practitioners, students engage in the composition of poetry, prose fiction, cross-genre work, inter-arts, translation and writing for performance.

Aspen Summer Words Writing Retreat & Literary Festival
Annual five-day festival held in June, featuring workshops, readings, talks, Q&As, panels, and consultations, as well as guest authors, editors, agents, and publishing insiders.

Literary Journals & Small Presses

The Colorado Review
The Colorado Review is committed to publishing serious poetry, fiction and non-fiction. With determinedly eclectic offerings, they feature both well established and new writers.

Conundrum Press of Crested Butte
Conundrum Press is a small, locally owned publishing house specializing in regional writers, poets and essayists.

Copper Nickel
Copper Nickel is a literary journal published by the students and faculty at the University of Colorado, Denver. Unlike traditional campus literary journals, Copper Nickel publishes work by both student and professional authors.

Denver Quarterly
A quarterly literary journal published by the University of Denver. They feature poetry, fiction and non-fiction by established and emerging writers.

Many Mountains Moving
With a mission to provide a much-needed literary space for writers of diverse backgrounds, Many Mountains Moving Inc. is a nonprofit arts organization responsible for a literary journal of diverse contemporary voices, MMM Press poetry books, as well as arts events. It is based in Longmont, Colorado.

War, Literature & the Arts
From time immemorial, war and art have reflected one another, and it is this intersection that WLA seeks to illuminate. The magazine publishes essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, and translation.

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