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Philip Jenks is the author of four books of poems, most recently Colony Collapse Metaphor (Fence, 2014). He earned a BA from Reed College, a MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, and a PhD in Political Science from University of Kentucky. He also attended the School of Criticism and Theory and Dartmouth and did postdoctoral work in Japan Studies at San Diego State. He studied under Derek Walcott, Robert Pinsky, Stanley Fish, Chalmers Johnson, and Susan Bordo. He lives in Chicago. He has toured and recorded with Neil Michael Hagerty as a member of The Howling Hex. Beyond writing, his specializations are in gender studies, animal rights, and political philosophy. He teaches English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Political Science at Lewis University. He likes good music and pinball.