Neil Shepard is an award-winning poet who has published seven books of poetry, as well as essays, book reviews, interviews, and poems in numerous literary magazines, among them, AWP Chronicle, Boulevard, Harvard Review, New England Review, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Southern Review, and TriQuarterly. He taught for many years in the BFA writing program at Johnson State College in Vermont, as well as in the MFA writing program at Wilkes University (PA). He also founded and directed for eight years the Writers Program at the Vermont Studio Center, and he edited for a quarter-century the literary magazine Green Mountains Review. Outside the literary realm, he is a founding member of the poetry and jazz ensemble, PoJazz. He lives in Johnson, VT.