Philip Raisor, b. 1938, is the author of five books of poetry, nonfiction, and criticism, as well as numerous scholarly articles, essays, reviews, and interviews. He has been published in journals such as The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, Prairie Schooner and The Writer’s Chronicle. His collection Hoosiers the Poems (2013) won the Palooka Press Chapbook Prize. He received his Ph.D. from Kent State University and during his career taught in a number of universities including Kent State, Louisiana State University and Old Dominion University. While at Old Dominion, he initiated the creative writing program, the visiting writers series and the ODU Literary Festival. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Juanita.