DPS Grad Named Next Colorado Poet Laureate

Aug. 5, 2019
 
Bobby Le Febre poses for a photo, looking off into the distance against a backdrop of mountains.
Photo courtesy Bobby LeFebre

Congratulations to DPS’ North High School graduate Bobby LeFebre for being named Colorado’s next Poet Laureate! He is the youngest and first person of color to earn this position.

The Poet Laureate position was created to promote an appreciation of poetry in Colorado and to honor outstanding Colorado poets. In his role, Bobby will draw on his experiences as a poet, writer,  performer, actor and social worker to advocate for poetry, literacy and literature. LeFebre recently wrote the popular play Northside, which looks at the economic and cultural changes in north Denver.

As Colorado Poet Laureate, Bobby said he plans to “widen poetry’s reach. To visit every corner of this state connecting with people through it. … I believe that my ability to impact and/or shape culture lives most-authentically in my connection to people through art. I am invested in cultural change. Poets are always at the forefront of influencing and changing culture, and before we see large-scale social or political change, it is the heart and soul of issues that change first.”

To read more about the Colorado Poet Laureate program and Bobby, visit coloradohumanities.org.