Dr. Jane Beal is a poet and a writer. She was born and raised in northern California, where she received her BA (Sonoma State University), MA (Sonoma State University), and PhD (University of California, Davis) in English literature with concentrations in biblical, classical, and medieval and early modern literature. She also holds a Certificate in Midwifery from Mercy in Action. She has served as a professor at Wheaton College and Colorado Christian University, teaching creative writing and literature, and as a midwife in the U.S., Uganda, and the Philippines. After returning from international service work, she joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis, teaching in the University Writing Program and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She is now an associate professor of English literature at the University of La Verne in southern California.