Floyce Alexander

grew up in the lower Yakima valley of Washington state, where his father homesteaded a grape farm after working as a coal miner in Arkansas.  His poems visit both areas of the country and are always conscious of his working class roots.  He holds an M.F.A. and Ph.D., but even more significant is his study of poetry with Theodore Roethke.  At 75, he has been writing poetry for the majority of his life.