Eddie Bell, poet, author, lecturer, and photographer, recently relocated to Charlotte from the Hudson Valley region of New York. His twenty-eight-year career in higher education included appointments at Michigan State University, Howard University, and the College at New Paltz, State University of NY. Eddie has published three volumes of poetry and a church history. His nonfiction book, Our Children’s Keepers, A Guide to Pre-College Mentoring Programs, is due for release summer 2013. Selections from Eddie’s body of work have been translated into French and Russian. He has toured widely with his poetry, including sponsored tours in France. Working with Charlotte writers promises to be an engaging and pleasurable experience.