Born in rural Iowa in 1943, William Conelly attended and then quit the Air Force Academy in the early 60's. He then completed both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees at UC, Santa Barbara, under direction of the much-acclaimed poet Edgar Bowers and, 1969, moved to Massachusetts. Over 30 odd years in that state he held various jobs in passing or part time —sales, transportation services, research, advertising and freelance writing— before settling into teaching freshman comp at Westfield State College. Currently he tutors in the University of Warwick’s Open Studies Program in the Midlands of England. His poetry has appeared most recently in Carillon, 14, Iota, and the British online journal, Poetry Monthly. He has three sons and is happily married, full time, to the healthcare consultant Elizabeth Thiebe.