Poet and novelist Mark Todd has taught since 1988 at Western State College of Colorado, where he directs the creative writing program. He served as poetry editor for the institution’s literary review, Marginalia, in 2005-2006; he also co-organizes the summer writing institute, Writing the Rockies, an annual gathering that takes place in Gunnison each July. He co-organizes the annual spring Visiting Poets Series for the college, and he organizes and stages two other annual poetry events: The Cattlemen’s Days Annual Poetry Reading each July and September Splendor Poetry  and Music each fall. Additionally Todd advises and coordinates WordHorde, a bi-weekly town-gown open-mic, featuring out-of-town guest performers, during the academic year. He has recited his poetry at universities, libraries, bookstores, professional conferences, and poetry festivals across the Southwest and Mountain states and on the East Coast, and has read at events alongside both Colorado and Utah’s poet laureates. In January of 2008, he’s been invited to read in Kreuzberg, Germany (the “Greenwich Village” district of Berlin).