Mark Roberts is an Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Intermont College. His poetry has been published in many journals including Pennine Ink (UK), The Pointed Circle, Thin Air, Ellipsis: Literature and Art, The Distillery, New Growth Arts Review, Grasslands Review, Gray Matter Tapestry, The Asheville Poetry Review and other small journals. In 1995, two of his poems were anthologized in Southern Voices in Every Direction: An Anthology of Southern Writers, a Bellbuckle Press publication (now Iris Press). In 1998, his poem Letter from Foothills, received an Honorable Mention from the Now & Then Appalachian Poetry Contest, judged by Fred Chappell. His writing, both poetry and critical reviews, frequently appears in Oyster Boy Review, a journal Writers Digest recently hailed as one of the best print and online literary journals in America. He makes his home in Bristol, Virginia with his wife and four children.