Project Description

Speakers Bureau

The Colorado Center for the Book Speakers Bureau brings experienced, engaging local authors to cultural centers and schools throughout Colorado. We help organizations identify the kind of literary event that is right for their community, book one of our Speakers Bureau authors, and promote the event. Organizations then schedule the event directly with the author, contribute an honorarium and/or travel expense reimbursement to bring the author to their community, and work with others in their community to promote the event. Some organizations who have not had a Colorado Humanities program in their community in the past several years may be eligible for a small stipend from Colorado Humanities to book a speaker.

Our 2020 speakers include the 2020 Colorado Book Awards winners, 2019 Colorado Poet Laureate finalists, and the Colorado Poet Laureate. They are vetted, award-winning authors who can:

  • Read from their work
  • Deliver informative lectures on their area(s) of expertise
  • Host conversations around their area(s) of expertise
  • Lead writing workshops or craft seminars
  • Be part of lively book club discussions regarding their work

Our mission at the Colorado Center for the Book is to encourage a love of reading and books among people of all ages through diverse cultural activities. For more information, contact Chris Goff, 303.894.7951 x19, fax 303.864.9361,

Bring an award-winning Colorado author to your community! We can help.


Aaron Abeyta
Aaron AbeytaPoet
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Sarah Adleman
Sarah AdlemanWriter, Creative Nonfiction
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Christie Aschwanden
Christie AschwandenWriter, Creative Nonfiction
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Dan Beachy-Quick
Dan Beachy-QuickPoet
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Donnell Ann Bell
Donnell Ann BellNovelist, Thriller
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Barbara Bridges
Barbara BridgesPictorial Author
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Abigail Chabitnoy
Abigail ChabitnoyPoet
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Donna Cooner
Donna CoonerYoung Adult Author
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Lauren Connelly
Lauren ConnellyNovelist, Romance
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Claire L. Fishback
Claire L. FishbackNovelist, Science Fiction/Fantasy
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Lija Fisher
Lija FisherAuthor, Juvenile Literature
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Jenny Forrester
Jenny ForresterWriter, Creative Nonfiction
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Wendy J. Fox
Wendy J. FoxAuthor, Literary Fiction
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Cate Glass, aka Carol Berg
Cate Glass, aka Carol BergNovelist, Science Fiction/Fantasy
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Bruce Holsinger
Bruce HolsingerNovelist, General Fiction
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Pam Houston
Pam HoustonWriter, Creative Nonfiction
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Diana Kouris
Diana KourisWriter, History
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Jim & Stephanie Kroepfl
Jim & Stephanie KroepflAuthors, Young Adult
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Jessica Lanan
Jessica LananAuthor, Children's Literature
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Patrick Loehr
Patrick LoehrWriter, Pictorial
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Harper McDavid
Harper McDavidNovelist, Romance
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K.L. McKee
K.L. McKeeNovelist, Romance
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Margaret Mizushima
Margaret MizushimaNovelist, Mystery
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John Nizalowski
John Nizalowski Author, Creative Nonfiction
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Northern Colorado Writers
Northern Colorado WritersAnthology
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Mark Pleiss
Mark PleissWriter, Short Stories
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Laura Resau
Laura ResauAuthor, Juvenile Literature
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David J. Rothman
David J. RothmanPoet
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Aimie Runyan
Aimie RunyanAuthor, General Fiction
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Connie Shoemaker
Connie ShoemakerWriter, General Nonfiction
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Jill Tietjen
Jill TietjenWriter, Pictorial
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Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
Rosemerry Wahtola TrommerPoet
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Joshua Viola
Joshua ViolaNovelist
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Wendy Videlock
Wendy VidelockPoet
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Teague von Bohlen
Teague von BohlenWriter, Pictorial
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David Heska Wanbli Weiden
David Heska Wanbli WeidenAuthor, Juvenile Literature
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Carter Wilson
Carter WilsonNovelist, Thriller
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Jennifer Wortman
Jennifer WortmanAuthor, Short Stories
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Emily Wortman-Wunder
Emily Wortman-WunderAuthor, Short Stories
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Erika T. Wurth
Erika T. WurthAuthor, Literary Fiction
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Change in Rural Colorado

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Veterans Writing

February 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 21, 2021

Changing the Legacy of Race & Ethnicity with the Poet Laureate

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on March 31, 2021 at 7:00 pm


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