UCCS' Janice Gould named Pikes Peak Poet Laureate

April 10, 2014 Updated: April 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm
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Janice Gould, associate professor of Women's and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has been named 2014-16 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate.

The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region made the announcement Thursday.

"I'm honored, very pleased, and looking forward to becoming the next ambassador for poetry in our community," Gould said.

She succeeds 2012-14 Poet Laureate Price Strobridge.

Gould will be introduced during a public reception at 2 p.m. April 27 in the Carnegie Room of Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Gould, is of mixed European and Native American descent and has worked as a professor in English, Creative Writing, Native American Studies and Women's Studies, according to the UCCS website.

Gould is a descendent of the Concow Maidu Indians of California's Feather River. Her works and those of her partner Marie-Elise Wheatwind have been set to music by the Portland Gay Men's Chorus.

The new poet laureate received a bachelor's in linguistics and a master's in English from the University of California at Berkeley. She has a Ph.D in English from the University of New Mexico and a master's degree in Library Science from the University of Arizona.

The former chair of creative writing at Willamette University, she has collections of published work including Colorado Book Award finalist Doubters and Dreamers, Earthquake Weather, Alphabet, and Beneath My Heart. She co-edited with Dean Rader, "Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry."

Gould has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation and in 2011 received the Literary Excellence Award in Poetry from the Pikes Peak Arts Council.

The Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project is a partnership of five organizations: Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado College, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, COPPeR and the local nonprofit Poetry West.

For information about the April 27 reception, contact Sue Hammond, shammond@ppld.org, 531-6333, x2011.

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