Richard Roe is the Council of Wisconsin Writers's former appointee to the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission. A retired Legislative Analyst and editor from Middleton, Roe began writing poetry in his mid-30s and has kept at it ever since. A preacher's kid who's lived in Ohio and New Jersey, he has a background in history and economics. He has published three books of poems, most recently Knots of Sweet Longing. His work has appeared in Stoneboat, Wisconsin People and Ideas, Verse Wisconsin, Free Verse, Fox Cry Review, and Sow's Ear Review, and recently in the anthologies Touching: Poems of Love, Longing, and Desire; Writing by Ear: An Anthology of Writing About Music; Come What May: An Anthology of Writings about Chance; Jukebox Junction USA; and River Poems.