Poet, filmmaker, professor | Colombia/USA
Juan Carlos Galeano is an Amazonian poet, documentary filmmaker, and essayist whose fieldwork on symbolic narratives of riverine and forest people in the Amazon basin resulted in his production of a comprehensive collection of storytelling (Folktales of the Amazon, ABC-CLIO, 2008).
As a filmmaker, he made a plea for environmental justice, threatened landscapes and cultures of Amazonia in his documentary, The Trees Have a Mother (Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 2008).
He has published several books of poetry and has translated the works of North American poets into Spanish. His poetry inspired by Amazonian cosmologies in the modern world is published in international journals such as Casa de las Américas (Cuba), The Atlantic Monthly and Ploughshares (U.S.).
He teaches Latin American poetry and Amazonian Cultures at Florida State University. Galeano is currently the director of the FSU Service/Learning Program: Journey into Amazonia in Perú.