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Florida poet and musician Hal Shows is a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. A chapbook of his poems, A Breath for Nothing, appeared from the Anhinga Press in 1977. With the band Persian Gulf he released Changing the Weather (1984), Persian Gulf: the Movie (1986), and Trailer (1987). Subsequent solo productions include Birthday Suit (1990), Lifeboat (1995), Whitman’s Sampler (2000), Native Dancer (2003), and Treasure of Love, (2012). Parasol, his first full-length volume of poems, was published in 2007. A book of essays and incidental prose, The Bandshell Project, was published late in 2014, and a new recording project is in the works. He teaches English and Literature at Keiser University, in Tallahassee, Florida.