Dennis Maulsby is a retired bank president living in Ames with his wife, Ruth, a retired legal secretary, and his dog, Charlie, a retired CIA operative. His poetry and short stories have appeared in Lyrical Iowa, the Des Moines Register, North American Review, Spillway, Haiku Journal, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Briarcliff Review (Pushcart Nomination), and other journals. Maulsby is a native of Iowa and a graduate of Marshalltown High School and Grinnell College. A US Army Vietnam veteran, he served with the 25th infantry Division while in country. He is a past president of the Iowa Poetry Association. His previous book of poetry, Near Death/Near Life, also published by Prolific Press received a finalist award in the 2016 Best Book contest sponsored by USA Book News.