Joseph Aprile was born in the Bronx, New York, and is a resident of Seattle, Washington. He has traveled extensively and has incorporated many of his life experiences into his work as all writers inevitably must. Writing has always been an integral part of his existence. He has written and published works in different genres including: poetry, fiction and non-fiction. He has a special fondness for poetry since it is, by nature, evocative of the emotions and succinct in style. Since the author is also an artist, he has chosen to combine some of his poetry in this edition with images in a form he refers to as a Picture Poem. If there is an underlying theme in his work, it is to explore the many facets of the human experience.