Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, I currently serve as Poet Laureate of Colorado. I've authored more than 15 collections of poems, including "Marked Men," "Thread of the Real," "The Rain At Midnight," "Bed of Coals" (winner of the Colorado Poetry Award), "House of Mirrors," and the Colorado Governor’s Award volume, "Shadow-Light." My poems have appeared in over 100 journals and several anthologies, including "New Poets of the American West," and I've co-edited two anthologies, "Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai" (all proceeds benefit the Malala Fund for girls' education worldwide) and "A Song for Occupations: Poems About the American Way of Work." I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Northern Colorado and earned my Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. While making the bulk of my living as a commercial writer and editor, I've taught elementary through high school age children for Poets in the Schools programs in Colorado and Oregon, undergraduate writing and literature classes at a variety of institutions, and graduate students at the University of Denver’s University College, where I'm Interim Academic Director of Arts & Culture and Global Affairs. I lives with my wife, Iyengar yoga instructor Melody Madonna, in the mountains southwest of Denver.