Michael Trocchia was born in 1980 in Long Island, New York. He lives now in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, where he teaches philosophy and works in the library at James Madison University. His poems and prose have appeared in journals such as Asheville Poetry Review, Baltimore Review, Black Sun Lit, The Boiler Journal, Caketrain, Camera Obscura, Claudius Speaks, Colorado Review, Heavy Feather Review, Mid-American Review, New Orleans Review, Tar River Poetry, Tarpaulin Sky, UCity Review, and The Worcester Review.