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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 Colorado at Boulder, the University of Denver, and
the University of Missouri. He received bachelor's and master's de-
grees 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 remained there until his retirement in 1989, except for a
year at DU (19671968). 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.