Born in Ohio in 1941, Richard Roe came to Wisconsin from New Jersey in 1966. He is happily retired from being a Research Analyst for the Wisconsin Legeslative Reference Bureau. He is even more happily married with 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. He began writing poetry in the mid-1970s on a whim which sometime later became a compulsion. A music lover, he sometimes plays music as he reads his poems. If he could start over, he would like to sing in opera, especially the rôles of Figaro in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Boris in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov.