Richard Wakefield has taught writing and American Literature at Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington, Tacoma, for over thirty years. For over twenty-five years he has published reviews of poetry, fiction, and biography in The Seattle Times. His reviews, articles, essays, and poems have appeared in many other magazines and journals as well. His first collection of poetry, East of Early Winters, was published by The University of Evansville Press and received the 2006 Richard Wilbur Award. His sonnet “Petrarch” won the 2010 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His most recent collection, A Vertical Mile, was published by Able Muse Press in 2012.