Mike Dockins was born in 1972 and grew up in Yonkers NY. He holds a B.S. from SUNY Brockport (1999), an MFA from UMASS Amherst (2002), and a PhD from Georgia State University (2010). His poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, The Gettysburg Review, Third Coast, The Greensboro Review, Quarterly West, Willow Springs, Salt Hill, Atlanta Review, jubilat, Mid-American Review, Bateau, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, West Branch, Toad, Meridian, PANK, The Offending Adam, and elsewhere, and they have been reprinted on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and in the 2007 edition of The Best American Poetry. His critically-acclaimed first book of poems, Slouching in the Path of a Comet (Sage Hill Press, 2007), after moving 850 copies, is currently anticipating a third print run. He has taught literature and creative writing at UMASS Amherst, Georgia State, The College of Mount St. Vincent, Georgia Perimeter College, and, for 13 straight years, in John Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth (CTY) summer program, at the Dickinson College site in Carlisle, PA. Mike moonlights as a singer-songwriter. Fame For Zoë, the latest (2005) full-length album from his acoustic-pop duo Clop, is available on iTunes. After a recent stint in north Florida, he’ll soon be back on a hill above the lovely Keuka Lake in Hammondsport NY, where a fangless tabby misses sleeping on his neck, which is a little weird. And nobody will believe this, but Mike is also Director of Internal Communications for a small web-based company, which is very weird. Mike’s a Gemini but doesn’t really believe in all that stuff.

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