Before he turned to writing poetry, John Calderazzo was a freelance magazine writer, then taught at CSU for 30 years, where he won a CSU Best Teacher Award and founded the English Department’s undergraduate creative nonfiction writing program. He’s mentored students who have won some of the highest honors in American literature and journalism.
In 2008, he co-founded the university-wide teaching climate change initiative Changing Climates at CSU, and he has conducted storytelling workshops for scientists at the American Geophysical Union, National Science Foundation headquarters, and at many other organizations and universities.
His essays, short stories, and poems have appeared in Audubon, Brevity, Georgia Review, High Country News, Orion, The Normal School, and Witness. His books include a children’s science book; a freelance-writing guide; and the nonfiction Rising Fire: Volcanoes & Our Inner Lives. He’s won a Colorado Arts Council Fellowship and a Traveler’s Tales Solas award for an essay about Buddhism and mountains in Bhutan. His work has appeared in Best American Nature Writing, Best Travel Adventure Stories, and many anthologies, including Copper Canyon Press’s recent Here: Poems for the Planet. His first poetry book, The Exact Weight of the Soul, was published by Red Mountain Press in 2021. He’s wrapping up another collection.