Colorado's Poet Laureate serves as an active advocate for poetry, literacy and literature by participating in readings and other events at venues such as schools, libraries, literary festivals and the State Capitol. The selection of Poet Laureate is based on artistic excellence, a demonstrated history of community service in the advancement of poetry, and the ability to present poetry effectively.

A panel is convened to review nominations and make recommendations to the Governor, who makes the final selection. The Poet Laureate serves a four-year term. The program is a partnership between Colorado Creative Industries and Colorado Humanities.


Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate

Joseph Hutchison Poet Laureate

Hutchison graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. He has published eight chapbooks and seven full-length poetry books as writer and two full-length books as editor. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Nation, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Poetry Now, Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), The Little Review, Yes Magazine and more

To request an appearance by Joseph Hutchison, email poetlaureate@coloradohumanities.org