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Sharon Heinlen has been named the first Wheat Ridge Poet in Residence as part of the celebrations planned for the city’s 50th Anniversary in 2019, according to a release from the City of Wheat Ridge. Heinlen will create original works of poetry to read at several Wheat Ridge events in 2019. She will also conduct poetry education programs at Wheat Ridge schools in 2020.

Heinlen was selected by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission for her poem “Neighborly Inspiration” as well as several other original poems and for her commitment to the community. An 18-year resident of Wheat Ridge, Heinlen is a retired Regis University music professor, and has written and performed poetry and music at multiple venues throughout her life.

Her work as Poet in Residence will also be shared on Facebook @MeettheArtistWheatRIdge and in the Wheat Ridge Connections Newsletter as well as Mayor’s Matters.

Plans for readings by Heinlen in 2019 include the grand reopening of Anderson Park in May or June, one of the  Performances in the Park in July, Localworks’ Ridgefest in September, and the Holiday Lighting in December.

Additional information about the Poet in Residence and other Cultural Commission projects can be found at