Michael Bradburn-Ruster, a native of Carmel, California, has published poetry, fiction, translations, and scholarly essays in international journals including Able Muse, Sacred Web, Cincinnati Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, Perigee, Broken Bridge Review, Marginalia, Berkeley Poetry Review, Rain City Review, Damazine (Syria), and Antigonish Review. He is a frequent contributor to Poetry Salzburg Review, and was a featured reader at the Monterey Bay Poetry Festival. Since receiving a doctorate from UC Berkeley, he has taught literature, philosophy, comparative religions and mythology in California, Oregon, and Arizona. His book The Angel or the Beast (1998) explored the interplay of philosophy, mysticism, theology and literature in the Spanish Renaissance. His translation of the award-winning Spanish novel Lady of the South Wind was published by (the now sadly mythical) North Point Press.