John Knoepfle was born in Cincinnati in 1923 and served as a boat officer aboard an attack transport in the Pacific in World War II. He took part in the landings at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He is professor emeritus of literature at the University of Illinois Springfield. His most recent books are Walking in Snow, a book of poetry, and I Look Around For My Life, an autobiography, both published in 2008 by Pearn and Associates. He tries to scratch out a page of lines every morning.