David Elkins, aka Theo Sands, aka Portlin Cochise, has been writing poetry since before anyone cares to remember. His work has appeared in many small magazines, journals, chapbooks, notebooks, scraps of paper and in the margins of work by other authors in Canada, Spain and the U.S. He was twice runner up in CBC Radio's poetry contest and has written two novels which you can see if you ask politely. His first book of lavishly illustrated stories, Aunt Lily's Secret Sex Life: The True Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, co-authored by Academy Award nominee Torben Schioler, will be published this month. Dog Days, a book of new poems is scheduled to emerge in October. David lives in Montreal, Arizona and Vermont with his wife, Valmai Howe, author of The Dreams of Zoo Animals, and too many animals to bother counting.