John Igo is a San Antonio educator, writer, artist, photographer, producer, critic, and civic leader. A graduate of Trinity University, he has taught at Trinity, St. Mary's Hall, San Antonio College, and the University of the Incarnate Word. He has received the Piper Professor of the Year Award 1991, the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award, International Convention, 1992.
He has published twelve books on poetry, including the Third Temptation of St. John (National Society of Arts and Letters National Award). God of Gardens (Southwest Writers Conference Publication Award), Alien (Poetry Society Foundation). In addition, he has authored several books of prose and several produced plays.
In 1985, Igo received an Emmy for his script - "Our Children: the Next Generation." In the 1960's he won two Translation Awards (German/Spanish) from Poet Lore International. In 1974 he received the Speech Arts Association's First Distinguished Medal. In the 1980's he received the Grothaus medallion for Distinguished Service to area libraries (the only non-librarian ever to receive it). In 1997 he was named Deputy director General of the International Biographical Centre (Cambridge, England).
He has been mentor to a generation of area poets, and he has been the teacher of poetry to the totally deaf adult, a special, privately funded project of San Antonio.
In December of 2007, hundreds of people gathered around John Igo as San Antonio opened another library, but not just any library - The John Igo Library