Born and raised in Bellingham, WA, David Mason’s award winning collections of poetry include The Buried Houses (1991), The Country I Remember (1996), Arrivals (2004), the verse novel Ludlow (2007), and Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade: 2004 – 2014. A children’s book, Davey McGravy, appeared in 2015. He has also published a memoir, two collections of essays, several anthologies, and a poetry textbook, Western Wind. His work appears in Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TLS, Poetry, The Hudson Review, and many other publications. As a librettist, Mason collaborated with Lori Laitman on her opera The Scarlet Letter, which had its world premiere with Opera Colorado in 2016; and on an opera adaptation of Ludlow, for which Mason received the 2009 Thatcher Hoffman Smith Creativity in Motion Prize. He also wrote the libretto for her oratorio, Vedem. He has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Greece. Mason served as Colorado poet laureate from 2010 to 2014. He teaches at Colorado College.