Rick Chess is the author of three books of poetry, Tekiah, Chair In The Desert, and Third Temple (all published by The University of Tampa Press). His work is included in several anthologies, including Best Spiritual Writing 2005, Bearing The Mystery: 20 Years Of Image and The Bloomsbury Anthology Of Contemporary American Jewish Poetry. He is a regular contributor to "Good Letters," a blog hosted by IMAGE. He directs the Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville. He is the Roy Carroll Professor of Honors Arts & Sciences at UNC Asheville, where he also leads to the UNCA's contemplative practices in higher education initiative.