This fall the Common Reader program at Colorado Mountain College invites the community to learn together about a significant time in our state's labor history by reading the Colorado Book Award winner "Ludlow."
This novel in verse chronicles the state's mining tragedy of 1914, bringing to life the epic story of a handful of immigrant mine workers. It was written by Colorado's poet laureate, David Mason.
Named to the state honor by Governor Bill Ritter in 2010, Mason has also published several collections of poetry, two books of essays and a memoir. He also writes opera libretti, and "The Scarlet Letter," an opera he wrote with composer Lori Laitman, will have its professional premiere at Opera Colorado in Denver in May 2013. His work has appeared in such esteemed periodicals as "Harper's Magazine," "Poetry" and "The Hudson Review."
Community members are encouraged to read "Ludlow." Copies are available at local bookstores and libraries.
Colorado College professor Mason will visit seven Colorado Mountain College locations for public talks or visits with students Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 5-8. In addition to the author's appearances, the Common Reader program will host showings of a mining documentary, "Way Down in the Hole," at several of the college's campuses Oct. 18-Nov. 1
Through the Common Reader program, the college is also sponsoring an art and creative writing contest titled Poetry in Everyday Life. All entries inspired by the book or the October and November author's talks are due Nov. 26. The contest is open to students and community members and cash prizes will be awarded.
More information is available at www.coloradomtn.edu/commonreader. The book is available for purchase at the Bookworm of Edwards.