Bill Cushing lived in numerous states along with the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico before moving to California where he lives in Glendale with his wife and their son. As an undergrad, he was called the “blue collar” writer because of his years working as an electrician on oil tankers, naval vessels, and fishing boats. Earning an MFA in writing from Goddard College, he recently retired from teaching at area colleges. A variety of his writing has appeared in print and online. He’s published three books of poetry and is finishing up a memoir about his life working on ships.