Don Colburn

Don Colburn is a retired newspaper reporter and an unretired poet. His sixth poetry collection, Purchase, is due out in 2024. His poems have appeared widely, and won the Discovery/The Nation Award, the Finishing Line Press Prize, the Cider Press Review Book Award, the Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Prize and the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize. During his newspaper career, he was a reporter for The Washington Post and The Oregonian, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. He lives in Maine.


“Don Colburn has that rare, consoling gift: a pure lyric voice, nature bathed in what Keats called poetry’s ‘drainless shower of light.’ In Another Way to Begin, the world happens again, opening into meaning, in the rich music of its saying.”

— Eleanor Wilner, poet and MacArthur Fellow


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