Dan Stryk: originally from the “cornlands” west of Chicago, he now lives among the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, in Bristol. He has published seven collections of poems and prose parables, including The Artist and the Crow (Purdue UP) and Solace of the Aging Mare (The Mid-America Press). Dimming Radiance, a fusion of Far Eastern and Western concepts and writing forms, was released by Wind Publications in fall, 2008. His work continues to appear in such journals as Poetry, Ploughshares, Antioch Review, Shenandoah, Harvard Review, and was anthologized in Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia (UVA Press). He has held an NEA Poetry Fellowship, among other writing awards.