Alan Bern is a recently retired Children’s Librarian from the Berkeley Public Library. He worked in public libraries in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years in a variety of jobs. He is a poet, storywriter, and photographer and has two books of poetry published by Fithian Press: No no the saddest (2004) and Waterwalking in Berkeley (2007). A third book of poetry, greater distance and other poems (2015), was published by his own press, Lines & Faces, a press and publisher specializing in illustrated poetry broadsides, collaborating with the artist Robert Woods. Alan was a runner up for The Raw Art Review‘s The John H. Kim Memorial Short Fiction Prize for his story “The alleyway near the downtown library”; and he won a medal from SouthWest Writers for his story “The Return of the Very Fierce Wolf of Gubbio to Assisi, 1943 CE [and now, 2013 CE].” He was also a finalist in the NCWN’s 2019 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize; he won the Littoral Press Poetry Prize in 2015; and he was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Center for the Book Arts Poetry Chapbook Competition. Alan has poems, stories, and photos published in a wide variety of online and print publications, from which his work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Recent photos published include: unearthed online literary journal, Wanderlust, and Please See Me. Alan is also a performer working with the dancer Lucinda Weaver as PACES: dance & poetry fit to the space and with musicians from Composing Together.