Mission

The mission of the Pikes Peak Region Poet Laureate Project is to inspire and celebrate poets and poetry in our community.

Goal

The goal of the Poet Laureate Project is to designate the best of our region’s poets as Poet Laureate and to support related programming that connects poets and poetry with our community in ways that are personal and meaningful.

Objectives

The objectives of the Poet Laureate Project include: raising funds and providing organizational support for the Poet Laureate and related activities including readings, workshops and other literary and cultural events. The Project will also connect other regional poets with community groups and schools for special programs in the Pikes Peak region (El Paso and Teller counties.)

Schedule

The first ever Pikes Peak Poet Laureate is Aaron Anstett. His selection was announced at a press conference on April 2nd. See the tab “Poets/Current Poet Laureate" for background information about Aaron and his plans for the next two years.

For Information about the Project and the Poet Laureate

For questions and information about the Poet Laureate or the Project, send an e-mail to info@PikesPeakPoetLaureate.org or call the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) at (719) 634-2204 .

To request services from the Poet Laureate

Click on the "Poets" menu item above and then click on the sub-link "Current Laureate" or just click here.

Contributions

Any person contributing $50 or more before April 12, 2008 will be permanently designated as a "Founding Muse" of the project, be invited to a special reception for the Poet Laureate and be permanently recognized on the project’s web site. Individuals, businesses, or corporations giving at $250/$500/$1000 levels will receive additional “Founding Muse” recognition. To make a contribution, click on the "Support" menu item above and then click on the sub-link "To Contribute." For more information e-mail info@PikesPeakPoetLaureate.org or call the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) at (719) 634-2204 .

Presenting Partners

The presenting partners for the Project are the Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado College, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) and Poetry West, a local non-profit poetry organization. These five organizations are partnering to organize the Project and to facilitate programming during the Poet Laureate’s term of office.