Al Ortolani’s poetry and reviews have appeared, or are forthcoming, in journals such as Rattle, Prairie SchoonerNew Letters, and the New York Quarterly. He has published six books of poetry. His newest collection, Francis Shoots Pool at Chubb’s Bar, was released in February of 2015 by Spartan Press. Currently, he is teaching English in the Kansas City area and serves on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Writers Place. His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.