Arts / Local Authors

State Poet Laureate reads, signs book in Estes Park

ESTES PARK
Poet David Mason of Colorado Springs, Colorado’s poet laureate, visits Estes Park for a poetry reading and book signing, Aug. 25.

Mason is an accomplished poet and co-director of the creative writing program at Colorado College. A teacher and editor, Mason was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington. He earned a BA from Colorado College and an MA and PhD from the University of Rochester in New York. Mason’s collections of poetry include The Buried Houses (1991), winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize; The Country I Remember (1996), winner of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award; Arrivals (2004); and the verse novel Ludlow (2007), awarded the Colorado Book Award for Poetry and named best book of poetry in 2007 by the Contemporary Poetry Review and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Colorado was the second state in the country, after California, to name a poet laureate. “Invite me to your community and I will do all I can to help you foster literacy and this art of many voices,” Mason, who intends to travel to all 64 Colorado counties, said.

The reading takes place 2-3 p.m. at The Inkwell & Brew, 150 E. Elkhorn Ave. and the book signing is at Macdonald Book Shop, 150 E. Elkhorn Ave., from 3-4 p.m.

Visit http://www.macdonaldbookshop.com for more information.

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