Joe Stone is a freelance writer and photojournalist who resides in Salida, Colorado—“The Heart of the Rockies.” His weekly newspaper column, Stone’s Throw, has won Colorado Press Association awards for best serious column and best humorous column.

In 2011 his essay “The Writer as Shaman was published in An Elevated View: Colorado Writers on Writing by Seven Oaks Publishing Company. Edited by W.C. Jameson, An Elevated View includes essays by twelve of Colorado’s best-known and most talented authors, including Colorado Poet Laureate Dave Mason, novelist Mario Acevedo, nature writer Susan Tweit, poet Laurie Wagner Buyer and novelist-screenwriter-actress Mara Purl.

Joe’s background includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Texas A&M Univeristy and University of Tennessee, respectively. Within a year of graduating from UT, Joe went to work as a technical editor for Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the three original Manhattan Project sites along with Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington.

Most of the work involved environmental studies required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969—environmental impact statements about relicensing nuclear power plants, destroying outdated chemical weapons, building hydroelectric dams, cleaning up radioactive groundwater and so on.

After being down-sized in the ’80s, Joe headed back to Colorado where his parents had met and where he had spent most of his free time since high school. After his experiences in Oak Ridge, Joe avoided the corporate world, choosing instead to work as a technician for a small engineering firm in the mountains west of Denver.

During the economic downturn that followed 9/11, Joe began freelancing—designing websites, writing magazine articles and editing textbooks. He now works as a freelance writer, editor and photojournalist in one of the most beautiful settings in the country. As a writer, Joe enjoys telling stories and looks forward to completing his first novel.


  1. I really enjoyed and apprerciated your recent article in the Mail on incarceration. Would like to communicate about ideas for future investigative articles, but don’t have an email address for you.

  2. In your recent article about Corporations writing laws, you forgot to mention the gathering of folks for the Arizona law at a 501 C, Tax Free company. They ‘educate’ people, they say and are not paying taxes. The whole 501 c scene is one that would warrant many invetigative articles, including some churches, etc. A can of worms really. For you information, and I am sure you know this, but did not mention i,. very few congressional people write lawas . For years they have been written by lobbyist and outsiders,. In fact, very few congressional people even read the laws, but they vote for aor against them,and UI am sure that you are aware of this too. So, maybe you will take my hints and tell the people how congress is really run.

  3. Thanks for the article on the Ia Drang and Vets.

    Just another old Viet Vet.

  4. We loved reading your article about Thanksgiving — as American as football and pumpkin pie. Aunt Jane and I prepared almost the exact menu you described from those fond days at Grandmother & Graddaddy’s, less a few of the desserts. Great article! And, since we weren’t together, it was the next best thing to being with you & your family on this holiday. So glad to have found your website…looking forward to future posts. Our love to you and Sandy.

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