Don Thackrey spent his young years on farms and ranches in the Nebraska Sandhills and continues today to write formal verse about his rural life before modern conveniences. He has degrees from the Universities of Nebraska and Michigan and spent many years at the latter teaching and administering. Now in retirement, he lives with his wife in Dexter, Michigan, where he works on becoming the curmudgeonly old man he always dreamed of being. He is the author of a book on Emily Dickinson and of a book of poems forthcoming from the Dakota Institute Press.