Michael Royce was a community organizer for 10 years with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi, the anti-poverty program in Kentucky, as an anti-war activist and eventually an anti-war GI, and as a labor organizer. He followed this with a career as a trial lawyer representing industrial workers and victims of toxic chemical exposure. And for the last few years, he has been active promoting potable water and electrification in remote villages of the less developed world through Green Empowerment, a nongovernmental organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon. When not being so serious, he spends most of his time with expanded family, writing, hiking, biking, practicing yoga and kayaking. His short stories and creative nonfiction pieces have appeared in The Prick of the Spindle, The Linnet’s Wings, and Our Portland Story, an anthology.