State Poet Laureate
In 1919, Colorado became the first state to formally establish a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Bobby LeFebre, who was appointed to a four-year term in 2019. LeFebre is the first Latino and first person of color to earn the position, and he is believed to be the youngest poet with the title since it was created a century ago. LeFebre is a commissioner for the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs. He co-founded Sacred Voices, a nonprofit that uses spoken word to engage local youth.
City and County Poets Laureate
In 2022, Ahja Fox became the poet laureate of Aurora, Colorado. She will serve a two-year term.
In 2019, Veronica Patterson was named the inaugural poet laureate of Loveland.
In 2022, Zbass Speaks was named the inaugural poet laureate of Lafayette.
In 2021, Ashley Cornelius was appointed the poet laureate of Pikes Peak.
San Miguel County
In 2022, Joanna Spindler was appointed poet laureate of San Miguel County.