John Rybicki was born and raised in Detroit. He is the author of two previous poetry collections, We Bed Down into Water and Traveling at High Speeds. His third book of poems, When All the World Is Old, was published by Lookout in April 2012. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Ecotone, and Bomb, among many others, and have been reprinted in Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize. He teaches poetry writing through InsideOut Literary Arts Project and Wings of Hope Hospice to children who have been through a trauma or loss. When he is not teaching, he changes tires, paints houses, and does some carpentry. He lives in Augusta, Michigan with his son, Martell.