Don Colburn was born in Georgia, grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Portland, Oregon. A longtime health reporter for The Washington Post and The Oregonian, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, he became interested in poetry while on a mid-career Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. He came to view poetry and journalism as two ways of truth-seeking, two ways of reporting on the world and witnessing the human condition.
Colburn has published four collections of poetry, most recently a chapbook titled Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues. His first chapbook, Another Way to Begin, won the Finishing Line Press Poetry Prize, and his full-length book, As If Gravity Were a Theory, won the Cider Press Review Book Award. His poems have appeared in more than a dozen anthologies and in magazines such as Alaska Quarterly Review, Hubbub, The Iowa Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, Southern Poetry Review and Windfall.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College, Colburn has an MA in journalism from American University and an MFA from the Warren Wilson College Program for Writers. His many writing honors include the Discovery/The Nation Award, the Felix Pollak Prize, the McGinnis Award, the Duckabush Prize for Poetry and the Blethen Award for Distinguished Newspaper Reporting. He has received fellowships from the Centrum Arts Foundation and The MacDowell Colony, and three Pushcart Prize nominations. He is a board member of Friends of William Stafford.