Dr. Jane Beal is a poet and writer of fiction, creative non-fiction, and literary criticism. She was born and raised in northern California, where she received her BA (Sonoma State University), MA (Sonoma State University), and PhD (UC Davis) in English literature with concentrations in biblical, classical, and medieval / 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. She is now an associate researcher in the Department of English at the University of California, Davis.