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Feb. 1 / Catching up with Dave Mason, Colorado Poet Laureate and WSCU Advisory Board Member

Feb. 1 / This just in from Dave Mason, Colorado Poet Laureate and WSCU Poetry Concentration Advisory Board Member. We asked him for a summary of what he’s been up to, and it’s prodigious. What a great year he’s had — we are tremendously fortunate to have him working with us!

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This has been a year of constant activity, and I’m not sure I can remember everything I’ve been working on…but here goes.

I’ve written a new one-act opera libretto for Music of Remembrance in Seattle. And my libretto for Lori Laitman’s opera of The Scarlet Letter has been published in book form:

http://www.amazon.com/Scarlet-Libretto-DAVID-MASON/dp/1597091707/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359761365&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Scarlet+Libretto

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My activities as Poet Laureate of Colorado include more than thirty talks, workshops, readings, etc., in the last year.

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For Colorado Public radio, I broadcast one poem responding to the wildfires last summer:

http://www.cpr.org/article/The_Fires_A_Poem

And another on the Aurora Shootings:

http://www.cpr.org/article/A_Poet_Contemplates_the_Aurora_Shooting

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One poem appeared last summer in The Southwest Review and on Poetry Daily:

http://poems.com/poem.php?date=15587

Another poem of mine has recently appeared on Poem-a-Day from the Academy of American Poets:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23268

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The following are links to books reviews and an interview I’ve done:

Larkin review:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23268

Keats Review:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324439804578107270147418776.html

Kin Interview:

http://wearekin.org/author/dmason/interview

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I was pleased to have poems in prominent anthologies. “Mrs. Mason and the Poets” was reprinted in Best American Poetry 2012, edited by Mark Doty, and an old poem, “Spooning,” appear in The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century American Poetry, edited by Rita Dove.

A review of the letters of Anthony Hecht is forthcoming in The New Criterion, and poems are forthcoming in The Hudson Review, The Sewanee Review, Angle, Narrative, Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, Great River Review and other periodicals. My next collection of poems, Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade, 2004-2014, will be out in 2014 from Red Hen press.

It gives me great pleasure to tell people that the most rigorous MFA curriculum in the country is at Western. I hope the program continues to thrive.

– Dave Mason

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