Evan Oakley is a graduate of George Mason University (MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry), the University of Northern Colorado, and Colorado State University. He is Chair of English/Speech at Aims College in Greeley, Colorado, where he teaches literature, composition, and humanities courses. He co-directs semi-annual poetry events through the City of Loveland and Aims College which have featured many poets of national standing, including Billy Collins, Pattianne Rogers, Carolyn Forche, Li-Young Lee, Yusef Komunyakaa, X.J. Kennedy, Joy Harjo, Dorianne Laux, and many more. Oakley is a recipient of the Colorado Council on the Arts Poetry Award (1997) and the Dana Award for 2004.