Charles Rzepka was born in Detroit, did his graduate work at University of California–Berkeley, and now lives in the Boston area. He teaches English at Boston University and, in addition to poetry, writes books and essays on British Romanticism and on crime fiction. His latest book is Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonard (Johns Hopkins, 2013), and his latest essay, forthcoming in a Festschrift honoring the late Jack Stillinger, is on John Keats’s “Isabella, or The Pot of Basil.”