Craig Childs was born in Arizona, and grew up between there and Colorado. He has published more than a dozen books of wilderness, exploration, and science. The most recent, Apocalyptic Planet, won the Orion Book Award. Childs is also two-time winner of the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, as well as the as the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award and the Rowell Art of Adventure Award. He is a commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Sun, Outside, and numerous anthologies.
He teaches writing at both University of Alaska at Anchorage and Southern New Hampshire University. Western Colorado is his current home where he lives off the grid with his wife and two sons.