The former Poet Laureate of Missouri (2012-2016), William Trowbridge holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M. A. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. His poetry publications include six full poetry collections: Put This On, Please: New and Selected Poems; Ship of Fool (Red Hen Press, 2014, 2011); The Complete Book of Kong (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2003); Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger (University of Arkansas Press, 2000, 1995, 1989); and four chapbooks, Oldguy: Superhero (Red HenPress, 2016), The Packing House Cantata (Camber Press, 2006), The Four Seasons (Red Dragonfly Press, 2001) and The Book of Kong (Iowa State University Press, l986). His poems have appeared in more than 35 anthologies and textbooks, as well as on The Writer’s Almanac, in American Life in Poetry, and in such periodicals as Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, The Georgia Review, Boulevard, The Southern Review, River Styx, Colorado Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Epoch, and New Letters. He has given readings and workshops at schools, universities, bookstores, libraries, and literary conferences throughout the United States. His awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship, a Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, Yaddo, and The Anderson Center. He is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University, where he was an editor of The Laurel Review/Green Tower Press from 1986 to 2004. Living now in the Kanas City area, he teaches in the University of Nebraska Low-Residency MFA in Writing Program. More information is available on his web site: williamtrowbridge.net.