Mike Templeton is an independent scholar, writer, and musician. He completed his Ph.D. 

in literary studies at Miami University of Ohio in 2005. He has published scholarly studies 

and written cultural analysis, creative non-fiction, and poetry published in small independent publications. He currently works as a freelance writer providing articles for a non-profit called the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition. He is also the lead guitar player for the IdleAires, a communications service and information dissemination apparatus operating as a Rock n' Roll trio. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife who is an artist.