Earl Braggs teaches creative writing, poetry, African American literature and Russian literature. He is the author of six collections of poetry and a chapbook. His latest book is Younger Than Neil (Anhinga Press 2009). Braggs is the recipient of the Anhinga Poetry Prize, the Jack Kerouac Literary Prize, the Gloucester Country College Poetry Prize and the Cleveland State Poetry Prize (unable to accept because he won the Anhinga Prize the same year with the same manuscript). His novel, Looking for Jack Kerouac, was a finalist in the James Jones First Novel Contest. His teaching awards include the UTNAA Outstanding Teacher Award and two Student Government Association Outstanding Professor awards.