TIM GILLESPIE drove away from Los Angeles in a beat-up station wagon at age 18, spent six years at a way station in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in 1973 with his wife Jan decamped to the Pacific Northwest, where they raised their two sons. Tim spent almost four decades as a public school teacher in the Portland area, mostly at the chalkface teaching high school English. He has been President of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, a founding co-director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College, and one of the original founders of the annual Oregon Writing Festival for student writers. His educational essays and articles have appeared in many national educational publications, and he is the author of a recent book for teachers, Doing Literary Criticism, published by Stenhouse Press. Poems have lately appeared in Windfall, Cloudbank, English Journal, the anthology A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford, and elsewhere. Tim still laments the disbanding of the late, great blues rock band Big Blind, for whom he played harmonica and wrote lyrics.