Jack Collom, a longtime citizen of the People's Republic of Boulder and a professor at Naropa University, was a poet rooted in everyday life, the natural world and the formative thinking of children. So beloved was Collom in his adopted town that Boulder even declared a “Jack Collom Day” in 2001. The much-awarded poet, who died July 2 at the age of 85, will be remembered at the Jack Collom Memorial Reading on Sunday, August 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Naropa Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder. The event kicks off with an invocation by Judith Simmer Brown, followed by readings by Anne Waldman, Reed Bye and an all-star cast of poets with ties to Collom; there will be a community microphone for five-minute tributes and poems, as well. At a post-reading reception in the Atrium, drop by the give-and-take table, where overstocked CDs and books from Collom’s collection can be had for a poem of your own. Learn more at the Facebook event page, and go to jackkerouacschool.org/events for info on additional Collom memorial events in Boulder.