Rick Lupert is the recipient of the 2017 Ted Slade Award, and the 2014 recipient of the Beyond Baroque Distinguished service award. He created the Poetry Super Highway and hosted the weekly Cobalt Cafe reading in Canoga Park, California for almost 21 years. He’s authored 20 collections of poetry (most recently Donut Famine). He writes the Jewish Poetry Column “From the Lupertverse” for JewishJournal.com and created the daily web comic Cat and Banana with Brendan Constantine. He loves you.