John Palen’s poetry has appeared in journals for four decades, including Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, The Formalist, and Passages North, and in anthologies from Milkweed Editions and Wayne State University Press. His Open Communion: New and Selected Poems was published in 2005 by Mayapple Press. Recent poetry and short fiction has appeared in Sleet, Gulf Stream, Prick of the Spindle, and Poydras Review. His short fiction collection, Small Economies, was published by Mayapple this year. He lives in Central Illinois.