WILLIAM KLOEFKORN was born in 1932 in Attica, Kansas. After a rough smalltown childhood and a stint in the Marines, he attended the Emporia State Teachers college. In 1962, he took a job in the English department at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. Beginning with Alvin Turner, Farmer (1973), he was a tremendously productive writer, publishing over thirty books of poetry, four memoirs, and numerous stories and poems. He was friends with many Nebraska poets including Ted Kooser, and hosted a segment on NET radio called “Poetry from the Plains.” His influence as a teacher and mentor has had a lasting effect: Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen and well-known poetry scholar Ted Genoways number among his former students.