J.S. ABSHER’s full-length book, Mouth Work (St. Andrews University Press), won the 2015 Lena Shull Book Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society. His chapbooks are Night Weather (Cynosura, 2010) and The Burial of Anyce Shepherd (Main Street Rag, 2006). He has published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Third Wednesday, North Carolina Literary Review, and Tar River Poetry. In 2018, Absher won the Clinton F. Larson Poetry Contest sponsored by BYU Studies. He lives with his wife, Patti, in Raleigh, N.C.