Bill Van Every was born on June 20, 1964, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona in 1994, and the Master of Fine Arts from The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in 1997. He has published poems in The Asheville Review, The Colorado Review, Interim, Sow’s Ear, The Miranda Station Review, and Persona. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and his book length manuscript was a finalist for the 1998 Breadloaf/Bakeless Literary Prize and the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize sponsored by Story Line Press. He has served as a regional judge for The River of Words Project. Bill lives with his wife Kerry and daughter, Stella, in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina.