Thomas C. Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) received his Poetry MFA from Indiana University in 2003. For two years he taught interdisciplinary poetry workshops at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. At MICA he teaches a multi-genre creative writing workshop as well as 'Contemporary Memoir' and 'Freak Lit: Representing Difference in Literature.' His poems can be found in Tin House, Salamander, Gargoyle, Carolina Quarterly, Smartish Pace, Margie, Pool, and other journals. His collection Strange Valentine won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and was published by SIU Press in 2005. A second collection, Neatnik, was named finalist in two recent poetry competitions. He’s also published essays on identity and popular culture in peer-reviewed journals like The Journal of Consumer Culture, River Teeth (A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative), Journal X (A Journal in Culture & Criticism), and The Journal of International Women’s Studies.