Jeffrey L. Taylor’s first submitted poems won 1st place and runner-up in Riff Magazine’s 1994 Jazz and Blues Poetry Contest. Encouraged, he continues to write and has been published in The Montserrat Review, REED Magazine, Mediphors, Buffalo Bones, di-vêrsé-city Anthology, Red River Review, Illya’s Honey, Gathering Storm and Yale’s The Perch. Serving as sensei (instructor) to small children and professor to graduate students has taught him a certain humility.