Colorado Poet Laureate - Joe Hutchison

Colorado's Poet Laureate, Joe Hutchison.

Colorado Poet Laureate Program History

Governor John Hickenlooper introduced Joe during a news conference on the West Steps of the State Capitol Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

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.  

The Governor also thanked David Mason for serving as Colorado’s seventh poet laureate from 2010 through 2014. 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.  To invite Joe Hutchison to your community, please email . To learn more about Joe, please visit his website.

Colorado was the second state in the country, after California, to name a poet laureate when Alice Polk Hill was appointed by Governor Oliver Shoup in 1919. Since then, seven others have served:

  • Nellie Burget Miller (1923-1952)
  • Margaret Clyde Robertson (1952-1954)
  • Milford E. Shields (1954)
  • Thomas Hornsby Ferril (1979-1988)
  • Mary Crow (1996-2010)
  • David Mason (2010-2014)
  • Joe Hutchison (present)