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, and The Worcester Review. He was a finalist for the Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize, New Rivers Press Many Voices Competition, the C&R Winter Chapbook Contest, and for the Heavy Feather Review Chapbook Contest. His story “Witness” received grand prize for Prick of the Spindle’s 2013 Fiction Competition. The Fatherlands, a chapbook of surreal fictions and prose poems, was published by Monkey Puzzle Press in 2014. Unfounded, a book of poems, followed in 2015 from FutureCycle Press. Mortals in the Making will appear in early 2019 (Finishing Line Press).