Speakers Bureau

We help non-profit 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, pay travel expenses, may contribute to honorarium (paid by Colorado Humanities) and work with us to promote the event. Colorado Humanities contracts with the speakers and pays honoraria, which hosts may also contribute to.

Our speakers include 2023 Colorado Book Awards finalists and winners and 2023 Colorado Poet Laureate finalists. They can read from their work, lecture, lead workshops, or join book club discussions about their work. If you are interested in booking one of our Speakers Bureau presenters, please complete the application at least 8 weeks prior to your desired event date.

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 Valerie Eddy, 303.894.7951 x15, valerie@coloradohumanities.org.

2023 Finalists and Winners

Click on the speakers below for a biography and information about their work.

Olivia Abtahi
Young Adult Literature
Jeffrey Bennett
Juvenile Literature
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Juvenile Literature
Will Betke-Brunswick
Creative Nonfiction
L.R Braden
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Samantha Cohoe
Young Adult Literature
Kellye Crocker
Juvenile Literature
Mark Lee Gardner
John Giordanengo
General Nonfiction
Temple Grandin
General Nonfiction
Teow Lim Goh
Creative Nonfiction
Chuck Greaves
Katherine Indermaur
Kevin T. Jones
General Fiction
Rachel King
Literary Fiction
Erika Krouse
Creative Nonfiction
Barbara Nickless
Melissa Payne
General Fiction
Emily Peréz
Anthology and Poetry
Leanne Kale Sparks
Jessica Speer
Juvenile Literature
Davalynn Spencer
Cynthia Swanson

2023 Colorado Poet Laureate Finalists

Click on the speakers below for a biography and information about their work.

Dominique Christina
Meca’Ayo Coleman

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