Joe G Hutchison

Academic Director and Teaching Associate Professor

  • Faculty

What I do

I direct the University College Arts & Culture Management and Professional Creative Writing programs, co-edit the monthly online poetry journal Bristlecone, and co-curate the Fourth Monday Poetry Series of readings at BookBar, an indie bookstore in northwest Denver.


creative writing, literary studies

Professional Biography

Joseph Hutchison, Poet Laureate of Colorado (2014-2019), directs the Professional Creative Writing program for the University of Denver’s University College. He has published 20 poetry volumes, including The World as Is: New & Selected Poems, Marked Men, and the Colorado Poetry Award-winning Bed of Coals. His latest book, Under Sleep’s New Moon, was released in 2021. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in over 100 journals and anthologies, including A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford, American Poetry Review, Cutthroat, New Poets of the American West, and Poetry (Chicago). He has also translated Ephemeral, a collection of flash fictions by Mexican author Miguel Lupián, and edited or co-edited three anthologies: Legions of the Sun: Poems of the Great War, Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai (all profits benefit the Malala Fund for girls' education worldwide), and A Song for Occupations: Poems About the American Way of Work. Joe has lived for the past 30 years in the mountains southwest of Denver with his wife, Iyengar yoga instructor Melody Madonna.


  • MFA, Creative Writing, University of British Columbia, 1974
  • BA, English, University of Northern Colorado, 1972

Professional Affiliations

  • The Authors Guild
  • Academy of American Poets
  • Colorado Authors' League
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs
  • Association of Arts Administration Educators

Featured Publications

Hutchison, J. (2022). "Dear Archie". Cider Press Review.
Hutchison, J. (2022). "Wild Brightness". Main Street Rag.


Hutchison, J. (2018). Great Poets and Great Audiences. Annual Convention. Denver, Colorado: National Federation of State Poetry Societies.
Hutchison, J. (2018). Poetic Impact and the Transformational Arc. Annual Convention. Denver, Colorado: National Federation of State Poetry Societies.
Hutchison, J. (2017). Poetry and the Transformational Arc. Library lecture series. 1900 E 3rd Ave Durango, Colorado 81301: Colorado Humanities.
Hutchison, J. (2018). Starting from My Front Door. Trinidad Poetry Festival. Trinidad, Colorado: Corazón de Trinidad Creative District.


  • Poet Laureate of Colorado, State of Colorado
  • Colorado Poetry Award, Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities