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About the Author
Alan Stephens was born December 19, 1925, in Greeley, Colorado. He
grew up on the family farm there, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Thanks to the G.I. Bill, he attended Colorado State Teacher's College
(now the University of Northern Colorado), the University of Colora-
do at Boulder, the University of Denver, and the University of Missouri.
He received bachelor's and master's degrees from DU, and a Ph.D. from
Missouri.
Stephens taught English at Arizona State University from 1954 to
1960, with a year at Stanford on a fellowship (19561957). He joined the
faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1960 and re-
mained there until his retirement in 1989, except for a year at DU (1967
1968). He was a founding faculty member of the College of Creative
Studies at UCSB.
He was married for 60 years to Frances Stephens. They raised three
sons. He died July 21, 2009, at home in Santa Barbara. He may be found
in his verses.