Jim Ciletti, master poet, president of Poetry West, has been on the poetry trail in Colorado since the early 1970's when he served in the Poets-In-The-Schools project in Colorado, Wyoming, and Arizona. He lives with his wife Mary, in Colorado Springs.

Jim operates Aamstar Bookshop and sells antiquarian and out of print books at Hooked on Books and over the Internet. Jim and Mary create La Dolce Vita, a literary salon in Colorado Springs, and for three years sponsored numerous writers, poets, and literary events.

Active in the community, Jim serves on the Friends of the Library Board, chairs the Frank Waters and Golden Quill Awards, and serves on the ABE arts in education awards committee. Now, as President of Poetry West, he says "my goal is to help poets 'go public' and learn how to present their work and give better public performances and workshops and to write poetry that is more accessible to non-poets.”

Jim has a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Loyola Chicago, and a Master's from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English.

Jim Ciletti's blog may be found at