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Environmental Policy Act of 1969—environmental impact statements about relicensing nuclear power plants, destroying outdated chemical weapons, building hydroelectric dams, cleaning up radioactive groundwater and so on.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.