Jefferson Carter, b.1943,earned a B.A. from Pomona College, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Arizona. He taught at Pima Community College (Downtown Campus) for thirty years, the last 18 years as Writing Department Chair. In 1982, Carter won a Tucson/Pima Arts Council Literary Arts Fellowship. His work has appeared in such journals as Barrow Street, Carolina Quarterly, Cream City Review, Four Chambers, New Poets of the American West and Rattle. His book Tough Love won the Riverstone Press Poetry Chapbook Award. His ninth collection, Get Serious: New and Selected Poems, was chosen as a Southwest Best Book of 2013. Diphtheria Festival, his most recent collection, is available from Mainstreet Rag Publishing. Carter volunteers with Sky Island Alliance, a regionally-based environmental organization. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife Connie.