Collom’s poetry takes its genesis from everyday happenings, activities, and observations; his book on writing for and by children, Poetry Everywhere (1994), reflects this outlook. Collom’s poems for adults are often grounded in the details of the natural world, and he has been described as an ecological poet.
Collom has been active as a teacher of creative writing for adults and children since the 1970s. He has taught for Poets-in-the-Schools and as an adjunct professor at Naropa University, where he teaches ecology and literature.
Collom’s awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.