David Alpaugh has lived in California for 45 years but has yet to lose his New Jersey accent. His collection, Counterpoint, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press. He has been a finalist for Poet Laureate of California. His poems have appeared in Evergreen Review, The Formalist, The Hypertexts, Light, Raintown Review, Poetry, and many other journals. His controversial essays on “po-biz” can be read online at Houston Poetry Review, Mudlark, Rattle, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.