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Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Inauguration

Presented by Pikes Peak Library District at Knights of Columbus Hall, Colorado Springs CO

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Oct 23 2021
Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Inauguration presented by Pikes Peak Library District at Knights of Columbus Hall, Colorado Springs CO

The community is invited to the inauguration celebration for our new Pikes Peak Poet Laureate, Ashley Cornelius.

In celebration of Arts Month 2021, community members are invited to attend the official inauguration of our new Pikes Peak Poet Laureate, Ashley Cornelius, on Saturday, October 23, from 6-7PM at the PPLD Knights of Columbus Hall in downtown Colorado Springs. The event is free and open to the public, and is part of the annual Poetry719 Festival.

“I think I wanted to be the poet laureate really to diversify what poetry looks like. Poetry is largely super academic. It is largely a little bit older in age, and typically pretty white. And so as a younger black woman in this field, I wanted to just create more representation for poetry in the community. I also grew up here and have a really strong devotion to just making Colorado Springs a more safe and open space for folks.” — Ashley Cornelius

The evenings activities will be emceed by former Pikes Peak Poet Laureate, Susan Peiffer. The program will feature:

  • Opening remarks by Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) Chief Librarian & CEO, John Spears
  • Performances by local poets (TBD)
  • Past Poet Laureate Performances by Price Strobridge, Aaron Anstett (invited), and Susan Peiffer
  • Installation Ceremony, and performance by Poet Laureate, Ashley Cornelius

Following the inauguration event, Poetry719 will host a Silent Disco in honor of the new Poet Laureate, starting at 9PM. Tickets are $10/person. For questions, please email

The Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is proud to be the administrator for the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate program. The Poet Laureate builds a literary arts community through poetry by developing an appreciation of written and performance poetry, and by inspiring and celebrating poetry and poets in the Pikes Peak region with dynamic programs of engagement, advocacy, and education.


Free and open to the community.


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Knights of Columbus Hall

25 W Kiowa St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903


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