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From Alaska, Bret Shepard has lived throughout the pacific and arctic coasts. He completed his PhD at the University of Nebraska and, currently, he is an Assistant Professor of English at Cabrini University and currently lives right outside Philadelphia. 

He is the author of Place Where Presence Was, winner of the Moon City Press Book Award for Poetry; The Territorial, winner of the Midwest Chapbook Prize from the Laurel Review and GreenTower Press; and Negative Compass, winner of the Wells College Chapbook Prize.

Bret and his wife have two sons. They have a lot of energy—their sons, that is. His dog, Lucy, does her best to sleep while two young boys use their wild imaginations near her favorite resting spots. 


In his spare time, Bret is a sports fan. He supports Arsenal FC, Nebraska Football, Saint Mary’s (CA) basketball, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He has also been a devoted fan of the San Francisco 49ers since he was six years old. 


Special skills include juggling and unicycling. Special skills do not include competitive video gaming, but he does enjoy playing vintage Nintendo games. 

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