JOSEPH HAMEL was born and raised in Detroit, MI and studied English Literature at Wayne State University. In the past his poems have appeared in the Portland Review, South End and Litspeak, an international poetry journal that is or was based in Germany, and he has written three plays based on his hometown of Detroit. His photos have appeared in group shows at the Scarab Club in Detroit and in studio shows in Manhattan. He also studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, among other conservatories, and has performed Off Broadway at the Pearl Theatre in Manhattan, and regionally at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, among others. He uses a Canon AE-1.