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NOCO in the SOCO: Poet laureate featured at March 3 event

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo


Press Release

PUEBLO - Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchinson will join fellow poets Kyle Laws and Jared Smith at an evening of poetry hosted by the Southern Colorado (SOCO) Reading Series and Pueblo Progressive Poetry Project on March 3 in the Kadoya Gallery, located at 119 Central Plaza, downtown Pueblo.

The poets will provide readings from their many published works beginning at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The featured author's books will be available to purchase at the event. For more information regarding this event, contact Juan Morales, associate professor of English/foreign languages, at or (719) 549-2082.

Joseph Hutchinson was named Colorado Poet Laureate for 2014-2018. He is the author of 16 collections of poetry including, The Satire Lounge and Marked Men. Hutchinson earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Northern Colorado in 1972 and then his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in 1974. Currently residing in the Mountains of Southwest Denver with his wife, Melody Madonna, Hutchinson directs the Arts and Culture as well as the Global Affairs programs at the University of Denver. His love for reading and poetry started at a young age. Having parents who always providing books for him and his younger brother, Hutchinson most avidly read author Edgar Allen Poe, which has prompted his way of writing giving his poetry a "Poe-ish" quality.

Kyle Laws has published seven collections of poetry including George Sand's Haiti co-winner of Poetry's West award in 2013. Her poetry has also had five nominations for the Pushcart Prize and appeared in multiple published reviews. Laws is the publications director for the Pueblo Poetry Project and editor of Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press (a journal of literature).

Jared Smith has published 11 volumes of poetry and has had numerous publications in applied sciences throughout the United States and other foreign countries. Smith earned his master's degree in English and American Literature from New York University, where he later taught. Though he currently resides in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, he travels extensively to conduct readings, workshops, and lectures. Smith also is a member to many recognized poetry boards including the Academy of American Poets.

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