Colorado State University Center for Literary Publishing

Current Winner

The current winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry

We are very pleased to announce that Lauren Haldeman’s Instead of Dying, selected by final judge Susan Howe, is the winner of the 2017  Colorado Prize for Poetry. Her book was published by the Center for Literary Publishing in November 2017, and is available for purchase in our bookstore.

Lauren Haldeman is the author of the poetry collection Calenday (Rescue Press, 2014) and the artist book The Eccentricity Is Zero (Digraph Press, 2014). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Fence, jubilat, the Iowa Review and the Rumpus. A comic book artist and poet, she has taught in the U.S. as well as internationally, including a reading and lecture tour of South Africa sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. She has been a recipient of the 2015 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. You can find her online at



Photo: Bill Adams