Gale Acuff b. 1955

When he is in a public place, Mr. Acuff enjoysstanding, looking toward an entrance, breaking into applause, and crying, "Ladies and Gentlemen . . . Jerry Vale!" "Who knows but that the next time I do it, Jerry will actually appear," says Mr. Acuff, who has been published in South Carolina Review, Florida Review, Carolina Quarterly, Poem, Pikeville Review, Maryland Poetry Review, Ascent, Ohio Journal, Adirondack Review, Worcester Review, and many other American journals. He has written three books of poetry: Buffalo Nickel (BrickHouse, 2004), The Weight of the World (BrickHouse 2006), and The Story of My Lives (BrickHouse, 2009).