Lorenz Qatava (he/him) is a poet, playwright, novelist, and journalist. He is based in both Palm Springs, CA, and Ashland, Oregon. He is the author of a gay romance novel set during the Almeda wildfire, a volume of recent poetry and short stories, and two stage plays – a poetic fantasia based on five Black gay literary legends and another based on an intergenerational group of Black gay men responding to the Black Lives Matter protests. He occasionally teaches courses on poetry in social context and civil rights history for adult education programs at Southern Oregon University and at California State University, San Bernardino. His writing career began after he retired from thirty years working for the federal government in international affairs, social marketing, and public health.