A self-proclaimed desert rat, Chuck Etheridge was raised in El Paso, Texas. After a stint in the US Navy keeping the coast of Southern California safe from the threat of enemy invasion, he attended the University of Texas at El Paso and TCU. In addition to his time in the service, he has worked as an actor, a convenience store clerk, a Rent-a-Poet, and a catalog copy writer (specialty: describing staplers) before finding respectable employment as a Professor of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and free-lance writer. He is the author of two novels, Border Canto and The Desert After Rain, his poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction have been published in a variety of reviews and anthologized in a number of books, and he has written two plays that have been produced. His most recent work can be found in the Corpus Christi Writers Anthologies, Switchgrass Review, Trek-a-Tanka, and Langdon Review. A motion picture based on his Border Canto Trilogy is in development.