E. Gene Givens . . . was born in Broxton, Georgia and raised in Cincinnati’s "West End" and educated in public schools. He entered the U. S. Coast Guard at age 17, where he first began writing poetry. After ten years service, he entered college, and graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio with a BSBA in Management and a minor in English, In August 1981, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and on 1 February 1995, after twenty-three years of distinguished military service, around the world, he retired from the U.S. Army as Major, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Acquisition). E. Gene Givens has previously published two Chapbooks of poetry – “Blacker The Berry . . .” and “Journeys." He has participated in numerous poetry readings, and his poetry has appeared in regional and national publications. His current projects include the 2nd Editions of the Chapbooks – “Blacker The Berry . . .” and “Journeys, and new, original poems in “BROTHERS ” and the " The West End Traveler: Published Poems, Short Stories, and Essays," He is currently living and writing poetry in Maryland.