Jeff Alessandrelli grew up in Reno, Nevada. He earned his BA from the University of Nevada-Reno, MA from Portland State University, and PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of the full-length poetry collection This Last Time Will Be the First (2014) and the “little book” Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (2011), as well as a number of chapbooks. In addition to founding and editing Dikembe Press, a small press specializing in chapbooks, Alessandrelli directs the vinyl poetry recording project Fonograf Editions. He is an assistant professor of English at Peru State College and lives in Omaha, Nebraska.