Joel B. Peckham, Jr., is an Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Marshall University. A scholar of American Literature and a creative writer as well as a former Fulbright Scholar, his reviews, essays, scholarly articles, and poetry have been published in numerous journals, including American Literature, The Black Warrior Review, Brevity, The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, River Teeth, The Southern Review, and The Sun. His work has also appeared in the anthologies Contemporary Poetry of New England (University Press of New England), Poets Against the War (Nation Press), and Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press). His most recent collections include his memoir, Resisting Elegy (Chicago Review Press, 2012) and two collections of poetry from Futurecycle Press: the chapbook Why Not Take All of Me: A Cycle of Poems on the Life and Music of Billie Holiday (2014) and the full-length collection, God's Bicycle (2015). He lives in Huntington WV with his wife Rachael, and son, Darius.