aaron a. abeyta - poetry readings

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Aaron A. Abeyta

Author of Four Poetry Collections & One Novel


American Book Award Winner

Colorado Book Award Winner

Governor's Creative Leadership Award

Finalist Premio Aztlan

Finalist Colorado Book Award

Colorado Poet Laureate Finalist, 2019

Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship

Author of colcha; As Orion Falls; Rise, Do Not Be Afraid; & Letters From the Headwaters


Video: Governor's Creative Leadership Award, 2017


Recent Work:  http://www.hcn.org/issues/48.19/why-we-dont-mention-my-great-grandfathers-name

Video for Wildness: Relations of People & Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_x4mT8xMl0&t=3s


contact me at: aabeyta@western.edu




Aaron A. Abeyta is a Colorado native, MFA Poetry Director at Western Colorado University, Professor of English and the Mayor of Antonito, Colorado, his hometown.   

He is the author of four collections of poetry and one novel. For his book, colcha, Abeyta received an American Book Award and the Colorado Book Award.  In addition, his novel, Rise, Do Not be Afraid, was a finalist for the 2007 Colorado Book Award and El Premio Aztlan. Abeyta was awarded a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for poetry, and he is the former Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope, as named by the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival. Abeyta is also a recipient of a Governor’s Creative Leadership Award for 2017. Abeyta was a finalist for Colorado Poet Laureate, 2019. 

Aaron has over 100 publications including 'An Introduction to Poetry, 10th ed.,' Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, & Drama, 8th ed.' ‘Conversations in American Literature: Language, Rhetoric, & Culture’  ‘The Leopold Outlook’Colorado Central Magazine’ ‘The High Country News’ and numerous other journals.  

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Western Literature Association, 

Paquette Gallery, Salida SteamPlant



 “There is no other voice that conjures the sky and keeps count of  stars as human migrations, moving, fading, and bursting anew as  Abeyta’s. Here he is standing naked and alone on the abandoned  snow drifts and tierras, holding them as fallen angels and stellar  evidence of our birthright - the luminous lands we claimed we would  honor thirty-five years ago. Abeyta speaks with the voices of Nazim  Hikmet, Jim Sagel, Allison Hedge-Coke and Albert Hunter, all lovers of  the small earth and its colossal heart.” - Juan Felipe Herrera, Former United States Poet Laureate

...the reading and workshop, both generous in their dimensions. Full of  light, images, humor, warmth (inside and outside the poems)—and the  resonance that your four “homes” build. 

-Veronica, Loveland

 Your reading and workshop in Loveland was transformational. 




   colcha, University Press of Colorado, 2001.  Winner of 2002 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation,  and the 2001 Colorado Book Award for Poetry   

As Orion Falls, Ghost Road Press, 2005.   

 Rise, Do Not Be Afraid, Ghost Road Press (Novel), 2007.  Nominated for Premio Aztlan Literary Award  Finalist for Colorado Book Award   

Letters from the Headwaters, Western Press Books, 2014   

Tzimtzum, 5 Contemporary Poets Lend Us Their Hearts, (major contributor) Mercury Heartlink Press, 2013  

 Wildness: Relations of People and Place, (contributor) University of Chicago Press, 2017   Conversations in American Literature: Language, Rhetoric, Culture, (contributor) Bedford St. Martins (Spring 2014)   

Literature, an Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Drama, (contributor) 8th, 9th, 10th ,11th & 12th  Eds. Edited by X.J. Kennedy & Dana Gioia   

An Introduction to Poetry,  (contributor) 10th,  11th, 12th & 13th Eds. Edited by X.J. Kennedy &  Dana Gioia  

 Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, (contributor) Edited by X.J. Kennedy &  Dana Gioia   

Literature, an Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Drama Compact Edition (contributor) 8th ed. Edited by X.J. Kennedy & Dana Gioia   

Open Windows 2006,  An Anthology of Fiction & Poetry, Ghost Road Press (contributor)  Winner of the 2006 Colorado Book Award   

Comeback Wolves, Johnson Books, (contributor)   

Home Land: Ranching and a West That Works, Johnson Books, (contributor)   

 “Wilderness in Four Parts or Why We Cannot Say My Great Grandfather’s Name” The High Country News November 14, 2016: Vol 48 Num 19.  

 Malpais Review, Autumn, 2015  

 “A Letter to Leopold Upon Reading ‘The River of the Mother of God’” The Leopold Outlook Magazine , Winter, 2015  

 “A Letter to the Men of Troy, Where I Explain a Few Things” Colorado Central Magazine, February, 2011   

"Thirteen Ways of Looking At a Tortilla" Columbia University Press’s Internet Database The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry   

"Blackbirds, Hollow-Core Doors & Other Gifts" Colorado Central Magazine, December, 2006   

"1,017,900 pounds" Open Windows, 2006 an Anthology of Poetry, Fiction, & Creative Non-Fiction 

Sample of Previous Readings


  2017 - American poets, Loveland Public Library, Loveland, Colorado

 2017 - Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, Colorado   

2017 - Western Colorado Writers Forum, Grand Junction Colorado   2017 – Lithic Books, Fruita, Colorado   

2015 – Wyoming Writers Council Inc., Keynote Address, Cheyenne, Wyoming   

2015 – American Association of University Presses, Keynote Address, Denver, Colorado   

2015 – Talking Gourds, Western Slope Poet Laureate Announcement, Telluride, Colorado   

2014 – Open Bard Poetry Series, Ridgway, Colorado   

2014 – Western State University, 25th Annual Headwaters Conference, Gunnison, Colorado   

2014 – Morgan Community College Poetry Series, Ft. Morgan, Colorado   

2014 – Columbine Poets Festival, Aurora, Colorado    



Negotiable depending on scope of work, travel and mode of travel; please inquire @ aabeyta@western.edu

Contact: aabeyta@western.edu

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PO Box 312, Antonito, CO 81120, US

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