Carlos Colón Tribute Night

Carlos Colón was Caddo Parish Poet Laureate and publisher of more than 1,000 poems and 12 chapbooks. Carlos has often been credited with creating the literary community in Northwest Louisiana. He was best known for his comical Haiku poetry, which he often performed in Elvis costumes. He was a long-time librarian at Shreveport Memorial Library and curated revolving exhibits of Haiku by poets from around the world for the Electronic Poetry Network from 1997-2011. Colón was a Pushcart Prize nominee and had his poems published in a variety of journals including Modern Haiku, Journal of Poetry Therapy, Writer’s Digest and Louisiana Literature. Eight of his poems were published in The Red Moon Anthology, which yearly collects the best English-Language Haiku and related works. His poetry is also part of two public art projects: the “Let the Good Times Roll” mural in Shreveport’s Festival Plaza and a renku display outside of a temple on Sado Island in Japan. Additionally, Colón was editor of Shreve Memorial Library’s Electronic Poetry Network, which he established in 1997. 

Join SRAC and artspace as we pay tribute to the Caddo Parish Laureate.