Thomas Centolella is the author of four books of poetry: Terra Firma (1990), Lights & Mysteries (1995), Views from along the Middle Way (2002), and Almost Human (2017). He has received the Lannan Literary Award, the American Book Award, the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, and was selected for publication in the National Poetry Series (selected by Denise Levertov). He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University, and his work has appeared in many periodicals and anthologies and on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. Centolella lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has taught creative writing for many years.