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Poetry. This is a book full of celebrations and hauntings, humor and grief, and great strength coiled inside the ephemeral. Traveling through Bhutan, Italy, the Everglades, Yellowstone, and often his Colorado backyard, Calderazzo delineates the subtle gestures and transcendent moments that animate our daily lives. These big-hearted poems testify to how often the more-than-human world acts as a vital protagonist, a conscience, and a well of compassion.
John Calderazzo taught creative nonfiction writing at Colorado State University, where he won a Best CSU Teacher Award and co-founded a university-wide teaching climate change initiative. He has also taught scientists how to communicate with the public through story telling. His poems, essays, and stories have appeared widely, including in Audubon, Brevity, Georgia Review, High Country News, Orion, The Normal School, and Witness. His books include a freelance-writing guide, a children's science book, and Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives. He's won a Colorado Arts Council Fellowship, a Traveler's Tales Solas award for an essay about Buddhism and mountains in Bhutan, and a writing residency at the Andrews Forest. His work has appeared in Best American Nature Writing, Best Travel Adventure Stories, A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park, and Copper Canyon Press's 2019 Here: Poems for the Planet.Author City: BELLVUE, CO USA