CHRIS ELLERY is the author of four collections of poetry: Elder Tree (Lamar University Literary Press, 2016), The Big Mosque of Mercy (Ink Brush Press, 2010), All This Light We Live In (Panther Creek Press, 2006), and Quarry (Mountain Muse Press, 2005). He is also co-translator (with Asmahan Sallah) of Whatever Happened to Antara (University of Texas Press, 2004), a collection of short stories by the award-winning Syrian author Walid Ikhlassi. His poetry and short fiction have been published in dozens of anthologies and literary magazines, including Writing Texas, Jewish Currents, Concho River Review, Paterson Literary Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, descant, New Texas, Cimarron Review, Lilliput Review, and the Texas Observer. His memoir/travelogue “A Boy of Bethany” won the 2015 X.J. Kennedy Award for Nonfiction. His poem “Shekinah” won the 2014 Alexander and Dora Raynes Poetry Competition, and “Bimaristan Arghun” received the 2005 Betsy Colquitt Award for best poem of the year in descant. In 1999-2000, Ellery was a Fulbright professor in American literature at the University of Aleppo, Syria. A member of the Fulbright Association and the Texas Institute of Letters, Ellery teaches creative writing and film criticism at Angelo State University.