Jeffrey Franklin grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but now calls Colorado home. He holds an MFA and PhD from the University of Florida. His poems have appeared in such journals as The Hudson Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review, Poet Lore, Shenandoah, Southern Humanities Review, Tar River Poetry, and Third Coast, as well as in Best American Poetry (2002). A manuscript of his poems was co-recipient of the 2001 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from The Poetry Society of America. His scholarly book, Serious Play: The Cultural Form of the Nineteenth-Century Realist Novel, appeared in 1999 from the University of Pennsylvania Press. His collection of poetry, For the Lost Boys, will be published in 2006 by Ghost Road Press, and a manuscript of formal verse, titled Stooped Ancestral Gods, is in circulation. He teaches Victorian literature and creative writing at the University of Colorado at Denver. He lives in Denver with his wife, Judy Lucas, and their children, Tyler and Emma.