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RICHARD CHESS is the author of four books of poetry, Love Nailed to the Doorpost (University of Tampa Press 2017, forthcoming), Tekiah (University of Georgia Press 1996; republished by University of Tampa Press 2000); Chair in the Desert (University of Tampa Press 2000); and Third Temple (University of Tampa Press 2006). His poems have appeared in Best American Spiritual Writing 2005Telling and Remembering: A Century of American Jewish Poetry, and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary American Jewish Poetry

He is an award winning professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville. In recent years, he has become active in the national movement exploring the use of contemplative pedagogy in higher education. He has served on the faculty of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) Summer Seminar in Contemplative Pedagogy Development (2015), he has presented every year since 2011 at the annual ACMHE Academic Conference. At UNC Asheville, he has played a leading role in the contemplative pedagogy and practice initiative which began there in 2011.