David Treadway Manning, a California native, received a Ph.D. in chemistry at Caltech, during which a required literature course planted the seeds of poetry. After a long career as an organic chemist he began his second life as a poet. Dave was winner of the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Poet Laureate Award in 1996, 1998 and 2006. Twice a Pushcart nominee, his poems have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, New Orleans Review, Tar River Poetry, 32 Poems Magazine, Rattle, Slipstream and many other journals. He was winner of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize in Crucible’s Summer 2009 contest, and of the 2004 Longleaf Chapbook Prize for The Ice-Carver. His seven chapbooks also include, Out After Dark (2003), Detained by the Authorities (2007), Light Sweet Crude (2009), all from Pudding House, and Continents of Light, a collection of love poetry from Finishing Line Press in 2010. His full-length collection, The Flower Sermon, was a runner-up in Main Street Rag’s 2007 poetry book contest. Most recently Yodeling Fungus (Old Mountain Press, 2010) is a full-length excursion into comedy. He is the current convener of the Friday Noon Poets of Chapel Hill, with whom he has read his poetry on Chapel Hill public television and was coeditor of Always on Friday (Katherine James Books, 2006), an anthology of poems from that group. Apart from writing, Dave is a singer, over the years a tenor soloist in church choirs and choral societies. He lives in Cary, North Carolina, with his wife Doris where he enjoys hiking and jogging forest trails.