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B.H. Fairchild grew up working in small-town machine shops in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. His third collection of poetry, "The Art of the Lathe" (Alice James Books, 1998), was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, the California Book Award, and others. Fairchild's latest collection, "Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest" (Norton, 2002), earned him the National Book Critics Circle Award. He teaches English at California State University in San Bernardino and lives in California.