Jim Thomas (1930–2009) was professor of English at Truman State University for more than thirty years, where he taught courses in American literature and creative writing. His poetry and fiction appeared in hundreds of literary journals, including Descant, Midwest Quarterly, and The Chariton Review. He previously published Seed Time, Harvest Time.
Joe Benevento is professor of English at Truman State University, where he teaches courses in creative writing and American literature and serves as co-editor of the Green Hills Literary Lantern. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in more than two hundred literary journals, including Poets & Writers, Bilingual Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. He has published six books of poetry and fiction, including his novel, The Odd Squad, a finalist for the 2006 John Gardner Fiction Book Award.