Byron Edgington is a retired commercial helicopter pilot, author of several books, and a Crew Resource Management Instructor. Trained to fly helicopters in the Army, he spent a year in Vietnam, then launched a commercial aviation career that lasted almost 40 years. After retirement, he returned to college, and received his Bachelors Degree in English & Creative writing from The Ohio State University in 2012 at age 63. Also in 2012, Edgington won the prestigious Bailey Prize awarded by the Swedenborg Foundation Press for his essay titled Liftoff. He has been published in numerous trade and monthly magazines, and was a writer for The Iowa City Press Citizen. Edgington is married to Mariah, his best editor. He has three daughters, and five grandkids. He lives and writes in Iowa City Iowa.