Joseph Rathgeber is an author, poet, high school English teacher, and adjunct professor from New Jersey.  His short stories and poems have appeared in The Literary Review, J Journal: New Writing on Justice, Mizna, Salamander, and elsewhere.  His story collection is The Abridged Autobiography of Yousef R. and Other Stories (ELJ Publications, 2014).  His work of hybrid poetry is MJ (Another New Calligraphy, 2015). He is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, recipient of a 2014 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship (Poetry), and a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship (Prose).  He is a member of the National Writers Union UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO and Federation of Adjunct Faculty AFT Local 6025