Laurence J. Sasso, Jr. served 19 years as managing editor of the three Rhode Island weeklies published by the former Observer Publications Inc. He also was the poetry editor of the Providence Sunday Journal’s Rhode Islander Magazine for seven years. An inductee into The Rhode Island Journalism Hall of Fame, his journalism, plays, and poetry have won a number of awards. His poetry has been published in Yankee Magazine, Commonweal, Thought, Sou’wester, Confrontation, California Quarterly, The Texas Review, The Queen’s Quarterly: A Canadian Review, Prairie Schooner and many others. He is also an award-winning playwright, and his fiction has been published in several journals. He co-owned and co-edited Your Smithfield Magazine and has been a featured columnist in four different periodicals, winning first place honors from the New England Press Association and the Rhode Island Press Association. He also reviews theater and the arts.