Philip Metres is associate professor of English at John Carroll University, Ohio, where he teaches American Literature and Creative Writing. Born in San Diego in 1970, his writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry and Inclined to Speak. He is the author of a number of books, including To See the Earth (Cleveland State, 2008), Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (University of Iowa Press, 2007), and Instants (2006). His new work is SAND OPERA, a book-length poetic meditation on becoming a (Arab American) father on the home front, during the War on Terror. If it weren't for Ellis Island, his last name would be Abourjaili (his poem "Patronymic", published in Inclined to Speak, describes the change).