Jack Collom is an esteemed professor of poetics, having taught poetry in Boulder and surrounding areas for over 40 years. His focus has ever been on teaching poetry to our youth, primarily school age children but also Master’s level courses at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. It is the legacy of Jack’s work that the Free Skool was founded to continue. The first action of the Beyond Academia Board of Directors was to nominate Jack Collom as the first Poet Laureate of the City of Boulder. We are honored to have him present his knowledge to the community-at-large through our Free Workshops. His support and insight will be crucial to our proposed Youth programs.