David Mason, an advisory editor for the SR since 2002, has recently been named Poet Laureate of Colorado. The seventh poet laureate in the state’s history, Mason received this honor in Colorado Springs from Governor Bill Ritter and First Lady Jeannie Ritter. He succeeded Mary Crow who had served as the state’s poet laureate since 1996.
Mason, to highlight a much-lauded career as poet, literary critic, and educator, has previously been awarded the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, and the Colorado Book Award. He has written a collection of essays, The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry, and co-edited several larger volumes, including Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry, Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the New Formalism, and Twentieth Century American Poetry. His most recent work, another collection of essays titled Two Minds of a Western Poet, will be published by the University of Michigan Press in 2011.
Mason has published poetry, book reviews, and essays in the SR for seventeen years and remains one of our most valued contributors. In our winter 2010 poetry issue “Vim and Vinegar” focuses on the poetry and criticism of William Logan and the correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.We are excited to be publishing in our next issue devoted to poetry (winter 2011) verse from the libretto Mason is writing for composer Lori Laitman's opera adaptation of The Scarlet Letter.