M. Shayne Bell received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1991). His poem, "One Hundred Years of Russian Revolution," was a finalist for the Rhysling Award (1989). His poetry has been published in The Fib Review, The Ghazal Page, Shot Glass Journal, Typishly, Dialogue, Sunstone, Amazing Stories, Asimov's, The Pillar, Moth and Rust, One Upon a Midnight (an anthology commemorating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"), Star*Line: Newsletter of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, The Leading Edge, Inscape, Zarahemla, etc. His haiku have been published in Modern Haiku, The Heron's Nest, Tinywords, Sunstone, The Wales Haiku Journal and Mainichi Japan. Bell's long-time companion, Drew Staffanson (a foreign correspondent who had been stationed at various posts in the Middle East), died in 2002. Bell grew up on a ranch outside of Rexburg, Idaho (USA); he and his six cats live in Rexburg.