Formerly a backcountry ranger, river guide, small town newspaper reporter, and editor, among other things, Peter Anderson now teaches writing at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. Peter served as poetry editor of the Mountain Gazette for a number of years. He recently published an anthology called Telling It Real, which collects the best poetry and prose that appeared in Pilgrimage Magazine during his time as editor. More recently, his own poems appeared in New Poets of the American West (Many Voices Press; Kalispell, Montana). His other publications include twelve children’s books on topics related to natural history and the American West, as well as a collection of essays, First Church of the Higher Elevations (Denver, CO; Ghost Road Press; 2005). He won the Academy of American Poets Award while earning an M.A. in American Studies at the University of Wyoming. He also earned an MDiv at Earlham School of Religion, a Quaker seminary, where he subsequently taught writing for several years. Peter lives with his wife and two daughters on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Range in the San Luis Valley.