My name is Frederick Combs. I was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on December 26, 1966. I have lived in most of the states in the United States. I have a brother that was born in Connecticut, one born in Road Island, another born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a sister born in Connecticut that is on my mom’s side. Then on my dad’s side, I have two sisters. I never met my dad and finally met my two sisters in November 2001. Met my aunts and uncles in February 2002 for the first time. I spent most of my life growing up in five cities. I was in a foster home from the time I was seven till I was twelve and a half years old in Columbus, Ohio. After Mom got us back, we moved to Dallas, Texas, where we lived from the time I was twelve till I was thirteen and a half years old, then we moved to Bear Point, Alabama. I was always coming up with a way to make friends and earn money from the time I was twelve years old. I have a daughter who is twenty-five years old and a son both living in Missouri. And I started writing in 2000. My first poem was “Kids Are Our Future.” The second poem was “Marriage in the New Century.” Both have won me editor’s choice awards for outstanding achievements in poetry. Both were published in the UK by Nobel House Publishing. One has won me a twenty-four-karat gold lapel pin. And both got me inducted in the poetry hall of merit.