Jack Collom: born Chicago 1931, grew up in nearby Western Springs. Woods and birds. Moved to Colorado, studied Forestry. USAF four years, factory, GI Bill English degrees. Freelance poetry teacher forty years. Longtime Naropa U. adjunct. Books on kids’ writings. 25 books of own poetry. National Arts Endowment awards, FCA award. Seeks to match nature’s variety with variety of ways to think/talk about it.