Esai Baca, www.jimmysantiagobaca.com

As part of the 8th Annual Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival at Metropolitan State University of Denver (and National Poetry Month), celebrated poet Jimmy Santiago Baca came to town and visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis."


Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper named the state's eighth poet laureate Tuesday, Joseph Hutchison.

KUVO's capitol reporter Bente Birkeland leads off this feature, followed by Steve Chavis reading Hutchison's poem "Uncles," posted in November 2013 at his blog, The Perpetual Bird.

After the Columbine High School shooting, Catherine O'Neill-Thorn put her poetry curriculum to work, giving the otherwise traumatized students a voice, a creative outlet.  O'Neill-Thorn now leads Art from Ashes, a 10-year old organization that works directly youth facing difficult life circumstances "through creative expression and personal transformation," including poetry and spoken word performance.