Joseph E. Shannon writes poetry and prose from a small residence just south of Santa Cruz, California. He started writing as a dumb teenager and continues to write well after most people would have retreated from the frequent rejection. He has worked many day jobs (since writing doesn’t pay the bills yet) including working as a delivery driver, department store manager, and other miscellaneous jobs. Most of his prose is still in the process of revision, while poetry finds its way to finalized form. Joseph is currently studying modern literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He loves languages and has studied Japanese, Spanish, and is currently learning to read hieroglyphics and speak Yiddish (because the last two are really, really useful in everyday life) Authors that influenced Joseph include J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Jim Butcher, Piers Anthony, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, George R.R. Martin, R.A. Salvatore and Robert Heinlein. Poets that Joseph admires include Tennyson, Blake, Ginsberg, E.E. Cummings, Whitman and too many others to list here.