Joe Benevento received a B.A. degree from NYU in English and Spanish (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. in English from Ohio State and a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State. Benevento is Professor of English at Truman State University, where he teaches creative writing, American literature and Mystery. He is the longtime co-editor of the Green Hills Literary Lantern. Benevento’s poems, stories, essays and reviews have appeared in about 300 places, including: Poets & Writers, The Chattahoochee Review, Pearl, Wisconsin Review, Inkwell, South Dakota Review, RE: Arts & Letter and Bilingual Review. His work has three times been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. In 1991 he was featured in a special issue of The MacGuffin, “New Decade, New Writers.” Benevento’s books include two novels, two full length poetry volumes, two poetry chapbooks, and a book of short stories. They are, Holding On, Warthog Press, 1996; Willing To Believe, Timberline Press, 2003; The Odd Squad, Behler Publications, 2005 (a finalist for the 2006 John Gardner Fiction Book Award); My Puerto Rican Past, Ginninderra Press, 2006; Some of My Best Friends and Other Fictions, Lewis Clark Press / Sandhills Press, 2008; Tough Guys Don’t Write, Finishing Line Press, 2011; The Monsignor’s Wife, Moonshine Cove Press, 2013.