George Looney's books of poetry include prize-winning The Precarious Rhetoric of Angels and Animals Housed in the Pleasure of Flesh. He also wrote Attendant Ghosts, Open Between Us, and A Short Bestiary of Love and Madness. His book of fiction, Hymn of Ash, won the 2007 Elixir Press Fiction Chapbook Award. He teaches creative writing and literature and chairs the Creative Writing BFA Program at Penn State Erie, The Behend College, is editor-in-chief of Lake Effect, translation editor of Mid-American Review, and co-director of the Chautauqua Writers' Festival. He has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, two from the Ohio Arts Council, and one from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, as well as winning awards from such literary journals as The Missouri Review, New Letters, The Literary Review, and Zone 3.