George Kalamaras is Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he has taught since 1990. He is the author of ten books of poetry, including five chapbooks. His titles include Gold Carp Jack Fruit Mirrors (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2008), Borders My Bent Toward(Pavement Saw Press, 2003), and The Theory and Function of Mangoes (Four Way Books, 2000). Stockport Flats recently published Something Beautiful Is Always Wearing the Trees—George’s poems with paintings by Alvaro Cardona-Hine. He is the recipient of Creative Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1993) and the Indiana Arts Commission (2001), and first prize in the 1998 Abiko Quarterly International Poetry Prize (Japan). A long-time practitioner of yogic meditation, he spent several months in India in 1994 on an Indo-U.S. Advanced Research Fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation and the Indo-U.S. Subcommission on Education and Culture.