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| David R. Cravens received his undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Missouri during which he spent a semester in West Africa studying eastern philosophy. Afterward, he spent several years working as a scuba-diving instructor in the Bahamas, the Florida Keys, the Turneffe Islands of Belize, and the Channel Islands of Southern California before returning to Southeast Missouri State University where he earned his master's degree in English literature. He's a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Magna Cum Laude, Sigma Tau Delta, The National Eagle Scout Association, and Mensa. He received the 2008 Saint Petersburg Review Prize in Poetry, the 2011 Bedford Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for Ohio State University's The Journal William Allen Creative Nonfiction Contest. His work has also appeared in The Houston Literary Review, Albatross, The Monarch Review, EarthSpeak Magazine, and Mension: The Newsletter of Mid-America Mensa. He's an adjunct Professor of English Studies for Central Methodist University as well as an English Instructor at Mineral Area College where he teaches literature and composition. He lives in Farmington Missouri with his dog Tenzing.