Kip Zegers is from Chicago, lives in New York City, but still feels he is a Midwestern boy. He was educated, formally, at John Carroll University, Northwestern University, Union Theological Seminary, and Hunter College. He was a VISTA Volunteer in New York City, 1966-67. He won Conscientious Objector Status in 1969, and did his alternate service at The Council on Religion and International Affairs. He began teaching at Hunter College High School in 1984. Of late, he has been working with writers at New York Hospital Community Outreach and at SAGE (Service and Advocacy for Gay Elders). His first publication was Backyard, West End Magazine, 1975. Recent poetry collections explore the world of schools: THE POET OF SCHOOLS (2013) and THE POND IN ROOM 318 (2015), both from Dos Madres Press. His most recent collection is A ROOM IN THE HOUSE OF TIME (Dos Madres Press, 2020).