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.

David Mason, Colorado Poet Laureate

David Mason

David Mason of Colorado Springs is the state’s current poet laureate. He is an accomplished poet and is co-director of the creative writing program at Colorado College.

David serves as an advocate for poetry, literacy and literature and attends many events each year, including presenting the opening poem for the legislative session, visiting local schools, participating in Arts & Humanities Month, and reading at literary festivals. David intends to travel to all 64 Colorado counties and visit schools, libraries, hospitals, business organizations and many others to share, teach and encourage poetry.

“Invite me to your community and I will do all I can to help you foster literacy and this art of many voices,” David said. 

To request an appearance by David Mason, email

View “Sea Salt”, a 90-second film by David Mason.