ROBERT CROOKE is a journalist, media executive, teacher, and author. He began his career as a sports reporter and columnist for the Newhouse-owned Long Island Daily Press, and subsequently held positions as a reporter and editor with several regional and national business publications, before moving into account management with Howard J. Rubenstein Associates, the New York public relations firm. He served for 13 years as North American press spokesman for Reuters, the international news group and, for 14 years, as head of financial media relations in the US division of Makinson Cowell, the UK capital markets advisory firm acquired by KPMG in 2013. He has lectured at Suffolk County Community College, the University of Nebraska, New York University, and the University of Connecticut. His poetry has been published in the West Hills Review: A Walt Whitman Journal, and his short fiction has appeared in The Paragon Journal, Literary Orphans Journal, and Linden Avenue Literary Journal. The Chastened Heart was featured by the editors of KIRKUS REVIEWS as one of the best independently-published novels of 2014. The Earth and Its Sorrows (2010), Sunrise (2007), and American Family (2004) also received generous critical praise. His latest novel, Letting the House Go, is under contract for publication in Spring 2022 by Unsolicited Press, an independent literary imprint based in Portland, OR. He and his wife reside in Bridgewater, CT.