Kevin J. O’Conner (53) is not your typical poet. He has not won poetry awards or contests, earned an MFA, taught writing in colleges or workshops, attended writing retreats, studied under writers of reputation, or been published in an ever-growing list of journals. His early influences were not poets, but songwriters. He prefers the direct over the decorative, both in language and presentation. Kevin’s working method combines monthly writing challenges with writing every day (or as close to it as possible). Initial feedback comes from posting each day’s best (or least horrible) poem to his blog, and reading at open-mic events. This approach disqualifies the poems from being considered for publication in most journals, making self-publishing the order of the day. To date, Kevin has published seven collections of poetry (which he also designed); the latest is This Is Fifty-three, which is available as a full-color art edition with photos and graphics, and as a stripped-down edition containing just the poems. He has also published two volumes of ‘love notes’ to the days of the week, ‘Dear Monday…’ and ‘Dear Tuesday…’ When not writing poetry, Kevin can be found copy-editing documents from far-flung places, attending open-mics, designing books, taking photographs, and making large quantities of soup. He lives near Seattle with his two feline companions, Lucy and Trixie, who bear the names of 1950s sitcom characters only by coincidence.