The Colorado Poet Laureate honors an outstanding poet in our state, and supports his or her efforts to promote an appreciation of poetry throughout Colorado. The Colorado Poet Laureate serves a four-year term.
The current poet laureate is Joe Hutchinson. Hutchison will serve as an advocate for poetry, literacy and literature in Colorado, including presenting the opening poem for the legislative session, visiting local schools, participating in Arts & Humanities Month, and reading at literary festivals. Hutchison plans to focus on professional development for teachers to incorporate poetry into their lessons.