A child of California, Christopher Buckley grew up in the scenic hills, beaches and woods around Santa Barbara/Montecito in the 1950s and 60s. He received his BA from St. Mary’s College of California, an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from San Diego State University, and an MFA in poetry at University of California Irvine. He has taught writing and creative writing at California State University Fresno, University of California Santa Barbara, West Chester State University in Pennsylvania, and for the last eleven years has taught in the creative writing department at the University of California Riverside. Modern History is his 16th book of poems.