John Macker has been a widely published short story writer, essayist, playwright, and poet for over 20 years. He has won several awards for his work as well as being nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. His most recent book of poetry is Blood in the Mix (with El Paso poet Lawrence Welsh). He is also the author of Disassembled Badlands, Underground Sky, Adventures in the Gun Trade, Woman of the Disturbed Earth, and The Royal Road: Impression of El Camino Real (with woodblock artist Leon Loughridge). His poetry appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of The Café Review.