Sam Pickering grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.  He spent 67 years in classrooms, beginning with kindergarten.  He is recognized as the incredible teacher in the inspiring film Dead Poets' Society starring Robin Williams.He lives in Storrs, Connecticut.  He has written 29 books, the most recent being Happy Vagrancy (University of Tennessee Press, 2015) and One Grand, Sweet Song (Texas Review Press, 2016).