Kelly McQuain was born in the mountains of West Virginia but now works as a professor of English in Philadelphia. His poems were recently featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer and on NPR's Tell Me More as part of National Poetry Month. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bloom, Chelsea Station, Assaracus, Painted Bride Quarterly, Kansas Quarterly/Arkansas Review, and Icarus: the Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction. His stories have been anthologized in over a dozen publications, including Skin & Ink, Best American Erotica and the Lambda Literary Award-winning Men on Men 2000. He serves on the "One Book, One Philadelphia" Selection Committee. He formerly worked as an illustrator of sexy, adult-rated superhero comics. His occasional column on city life debuted in The Philadelphia Inquirer in July 2012.