Ed Demerly retired after forty-six years of teaching – everything from fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, middle school, high school, and thirty-six years at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan, where he co-founded the English Language Institute and received the Faculty Lectureship Award for his 1992 lecture on the parallels between Gangsta Rap and Walt Whitman’s poetry. He taught for a year in Australia and for two years in Malaysia as a Peace Corps volunteer. Ed served in the army as an airborne ranger in the Medical Service Corps and is a past president of the National College English Association and a member of The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. He and his wife, Martha, live in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where in his retirement he is occupied with volunteer work that includes organizing public forums focused on justice and peace and counting frogs for the Rouge River Conservancy. He’s a gardener of okra, cherries, asparagus, rhubarb, raspberries, peas, apples, flowers, and so much more - still a farm boy.