Jim Somers was a finalist for the James Fellowship For Novel In Progress sponsored by the Echo Press (actually the novel was complete). He received the Southern Oregon Poetry Prize. He is the author of two chapbooks: Portrait; and Kindly Stop The War Stories. “Dark Days,” his letter to Tess Gallagher, appears in Remembering Ray: a composite biography of Raymond Carver, published by Capra Press. He lived with Ray in Cupertino, California, in 1974. He now resides with his wife, Pamala, in Oregon’s Wine Country, south of Portland, just down the road from a Trappist Abbey to which he was drawn by the writings of Thomas Merton.