Michael Odom is an American poet and translator, the author of Selene in poems by Michael Odom, Boredom, Vice and Poverty, the chapbook Strutting, Attracting, Snapping, and translations from Catalan of the poetry of Lluís Roda and Joan Maragall. His poems, translations, and essays have appeared or are upcoming in Poetry International, Verse, Dămfīno, The Alexandria Quarterly, Asymptote, Clean Well-Lighted Place, The Henniker Review, In Posse, Pucker up, Watershed, and others, as well as the anthologies, Memento Mori, Between the Leaves, and Ritual Sex. From 1989 until recently, he was a bookseller, Manager, and Buyer for both independent and chain bookstores. If you shopped for poetry at the Tower Books in Chico, CA, or Manhattan in the early 90’s, you browsed the titles Michael Odom selected to have on sale in that store. The same is true in the final seven years of A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books in San Francisco (which went out of business before the unrelated journal of similar title began) and Windows on the World in the Sierra foothills. As a single father with bookstores closing all around, Michael Odom pursued and recently received his MFA in Poetry from New England College and recently taught at the University of California, Merced.