Aaron Abeyta

Aaron Abeyta

Mayor – Antonito, CO & Professor – Adams State University

Aaron A. Abeyta is a Colorado native and professor of English at Adams State University 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 was recently named the Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope by the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival.

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

Abeyta received his MFA from Colorado State University. He lives in Antonito, Colorado where he can remain close to his family and culture, both of which greatly influence his work.

Contributions to Humans & Nature:
  • Ancestor of Fire
    A response to “What kind of ancestor do you want to be?”

  • Books for the Center for Humans and Nature:

  • Wildness: Relations of People and Place, “Wilderness in Four Parts, or Why We Cannot Mention My Great-Grandfather’s Name,” 2017, University of Chicago Press

Noteworthy Links:
  • Colcha
    An award-winning book by Aaron Abeyta.
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