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Rich Villar is a poet, essayist, editor, and educator originally from Paterson, New Jersey. His first collection of poems, Comprehending Forever (Willow Books), was a finalist for the 2015 International Latino Book Award. A multiple-year Pushcart Prize nominee for both poetry and prose, he is an alumnus of the VONA/Voices Workshop and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Rich has led workshops and independent studies with wide varieties of students, and he currently serves as writing faculty for La Sopa, a community-based program in New York City for writing and performance.