Editor's Choice
Kent Haruf

If there were an honorific we could give Kent Haruf—the author whose body of work includes the novels Plainsong, Eventide, and Benediction—it would be “Bard of Colorado.” The Centennial State may be known for the Rockies, but in his stories, the Salida-based Haruf evokes the plaintive soulfulness of living on the state's quiet Eastern Plains. The language in Benediction, published in February, is so gorgeous and lyrical, we don't think it's a stretch to say that Haruf is not just one of Colorado's best—he's one of America's true literary treasures.

Reader's Choice
Claudia Hall Christian

A Denverite who's passionate about food issues (she's a beekeeper), Hall Christian writes a number of different serials (Alex the Fey, Denver Cereal, the Queen of Cool) and posts them online—for free—as she completes them.