Bob Wickless earned a BA in English from the University of Maryland and a Master’s from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, where he was a Teaching Fellow. His poems have appeared in many magazines and literary journals, including: American Scholar, Antietam Review, Antioch Review, Poet & Critic, Shenandoah, Southern Indiana Review, and Quiet Diamonds. His work has earned him several prizes, grants, and awards, including the 2020 Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize from The Orchard Street Press. His chapbook, Almost Happy, was published by Orchard Street in 2020. Having survived working dozens of jobs, both good and bad, he’s now retired and lives in Reidsville, North Carolina.