Rick Stepp-Bolling taught writing, study techniques and reading at Mt. San Antonio College for 33 years, and creative writing at Citrus College for ten years. In the last few years, he has been involved with Nuvein for the Arts projects which included a poets speaking tour of venues throughout San Gabriel Valley. This last August, he participated in the Poetry Palooza project designed to bring poets to a variety of venues throughout L. A. County. This October, he was a guest poet at Nuvein’s “Day of the Dead” celebration. In April of 2012, Rick was awarded first place in the Whittier Writers Poetry Contest and in the Aquarium of the Pacific Urban Ocean Poetry Contest. Currently he is a member of the both the San Dimas Coffee House Writers and the Nuvein Poetry Group. His publications include a book of poetry entitled, Smoke and Mirrors (Nuvein Publications) and a number of small press publications including Dirty Dog and Statement magazines. Rick draws his themes from the world around him as he is generally inspired by what life has to offer and what it denies us.