Charles R. Castle, Jr was born in Maine in 1951 and has lived in Eugene, Oregon since 1978. His heart is in Oregon. His roots are deep in colonial New England. He worked 27 years in healthcare education and public affairs, with a few years spent in the building trades. He was published as a young writer in Hanging Loose. He returned to poetry and prose writing after retiring in 2015, publishing three books of poems; Living with Patriarchs and the Twelve Poems of Goodwin Hatch, A Season’s Second Coming, and A Good-night in America. His work is included in Poems on Poetry and Poets 2016 anthology and Oregon Poetry Association’s 2017 Verseweavers anthology. Don’t forget to bring your own poetry to read!