Kevin Stein has published eleven poetry collections, including Sufficiency of the Actual and three books of literary criticism. His honors include the Vernon Louis Parrington Medal for Distinguished Writing, the Devins Award for Poetry, the Society of Midland Authors Poetry Award, an NEA fellowship, and the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry. In 2003 he was named the fourth Poet Laureate of Illinois. Born and raised in Anderson, Indiana, he received his M.A. from Indiana University. He lives in Peoria, Illinois, where he directs the creative writing program at Bradley University.