Aaron A. Abeyta

City of Antonito | Mayor
Adams State University | Department of English, Professor


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, which includes 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.