Michael J. Bayer (1947 – )

Mr. Bayer's poems have been featured on National Public Radio's Writers Almanac, and his poem, "Packing Thong," won the Whispering Glades Garden Poetry Festival open competition in Spooner, Wisconsin, in 2001, chosen out of 32 entries. His poems have appeared in many leading publications,including Hudson Review, The Nation, Paris Review, Poetry, and Southern Review, and have been widely anthologized. He also reviews poetry for The Spooner Advocate. His ''fun fact'' is that, he says, ''I am addicted to the HD Metropolitan Opera broadcasts!''