Professor David Mason is an American writer living in Tasmania, and former poet laureate of Colorado. His many books include Ludlow: A Verse Novel, Voices, Places: Essays and The Sound: New and Selected Poems. His work can be found in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Age, Arena, and many other periodicals. Mason teaches at The Colorado College.
Mason is also known as a writer of libretti. He wrote the libretti for composer Lori Laitman's opera of The Scarlet Letter, and her oratorio. He won the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Creativity in Motion Prize for the development of a new libretto based upon Ludlow. His Grammy-nominated one-act opera with composer Tom Cipullo, After Life, premiered in Seattle and San Francisco in 2015 and is also available on CD from Naxos. It won the 2017 Dominick Argento Prize for Best Chamber Opera from the National Opera Association.