Jul 1, 2010 1:25 PM by Greg Boyce

Colorado Springs man named poet laureate

Gov. Bill Ritter introduced David Mason of Colorado Springs Thursday as the state's newest, and seventh, poet laureate. Mason is an accomplished poet and co-director of the creative writing program at Colorado College.

"Coloradans benefit in countless ways from a rich and talented arts community," Gov. Ritter said during a news conference on the West Steps of the State Capitol. "David Mason will be a valuable addition to this tradition as he brings the power of words to communities all across Colorado."

Mason said he intends to travel to all 64 Colorado counties and visit schools, libraries, hospitals, business organizations and many others to share, teach and encourage poetry.

"In short, invite me to your community and I will do all I can to help you foster literacy and this art of many voices," Mason said. He concluded today's news conference by reading one of his poems.

Mason will serve as an advocate for poetry, literacy and literature at 10-12 events each year, which include presenting the opening poem for the legislative session, visiting local schools, participating in Arts & Humanities Month, and reading at literary festivals.

Mason is currently a professor at Colorado College and he co-directs the Creative Writing program. His books of poems include The Buried Houses (winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize), The Country I Remember (winner of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award), and Arrivals. The Contemporary Poetry Review and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum named his verse novel, Ludlow the best poetry book of 2007. It also won the Colorado Book Award and was featured on the PBS News Hour.





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