ROBERT CROOKE is a journalist, media executive, and teacher. His poetry has been published in the West Hills Review, the literary journal of the Walt Whitman Birthplace in Long Island, NY, and his short fiction has appeared in The Paragon Journal, Literary Orphans Journal, and Linden Avenue Literary Journal. He has lectured at Suffolk County Community College, the University of Nebraska, New York University, and the University of Connecticut. He began his career as a sports reporter and columnist for the Newhouse-owned Long Island Press and for 13 years served as North American press spokesman for Reuters, the international news group. Thereafter, he worked for 14 years as head of financial media relations in the US division of Makinson Cowell, a capital markets advisory firm, which provides independent research and advice to a wide range of companies based primarily in Europe and North America, and which was acquired by KPMG in 2013. His latest novel, Letting the House Go, is under contract for publication by Unsolicited Press (Portland, OR). His four previous novels--The Chastened Heart (2014), The Earth and Its Sorrows (2010), Sunrise (2007), and American Family (2004)--all have received generous, critical praise. He and his wife reside in Bridgewater, CT.