Jovan Mays, the first-ever poet laureate of Aurora, wants his poetry to capture the voices of the city's people, who first inspired him to write and perform poetry. An Aurora native and graduate of Smoky Hills High School, Mays has been invested in the Aurora community since he was a kid. "We lived in a tiny house next to the old Stapleton airport. Our back yard was planes, our front yard was trains," he laughs.
Ben Lzicar Aurora poet laureate Jovan Mays.
But what he loved most about growing up in Aurora was the social aspect. His dad delivered bread to grocery stores around town, so everyone knew him and his family. And every time Mays came home from college in Chadron, Nebraska, he found more muses among his Aurora neighbors. "There are so many kinds of people, it's a beautiful balance," he says. "Aurora is a gleam of the original ideal of middle class."More »