Aaron A. Abeyta is a Colorado native and professor of English 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 is the former Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope, as named by the Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival. Abeyta is also a recipient of a Governor’s Creative Leadership Award for 2017. Aaron has over 100 publications including "An Introduction to Poetry, 10th ed.," "Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, 诗歌, & Drama, 8th ed.," "Conversations in American Literature: Language, Rhetoric and Culture," The Leopold Outlook, Colorado Central Magazine, The High Country News and numerous other journals.