Coloradan Makes Poetry Matter For His Students And His Community

A deep sense of the landscape and people of the American West infuses Western State University English professor Mark Todd’s poetry. And for the last three decades he’s wrangled Colorado writers at all kinds of events — from cowboy poetry readings to poetry slams. Todd was recently recognized with the Karen Chamberlain Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry in Colorado.

Along with his work to promote poetry in Colorado, he’s authored a number of books – including two poetry books. He has also collaborated with his wife Kym on a travel guide to Colorado’s haunted hotels and several science fiction and fantasy books.

Listen to his conversation with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner and read his poems at

Mark Todd

Courtesy: Eric Walter

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