Ron Offen

has had poems published in more than 100 poetry journals, including The Ledge, Poetry, and Slant. His five books of poetry include Poet As Bad Guy, Instead of Gifts, Questions/Answers, God’s Haircut and Other Remembered Dreams, and OffTarget. In response to OffTarget, named him a “Top Dog” in Chicago poetry. Offen, who lives in Glenview, Illinois, is founding editor of Free Lunch: A Poetry Miscellany, which has been around for 19 years. The magazine won a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council and had a poem it published included in the annual The Best American Poetry series.