Robert Klose lives in Orono, Maine. He has two adopted sons from Russia and Ukraine and teaches biology at the University of Maine at Augusta. He is a long-time contributor of essays to The Christian Science Monitor. His books include “Adopting Alyosha — a Single Man Finds a Son in Russia,” “Small Worlds — Adopted Sons, Pet Piranhas & Other Mortal Concerns,” “The Three-Legged Woman & Other Excursions in Teaching,” a children’s title, “The Legend of the River Pumpkins,” and his novel, "Long Live Grover Cleveland," which was the recipient of a USA BookNews award and a Ben Franklin Literary Award. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Reader's Digest, Exquisite Corpse, and elsewhere. He is a four-time winner of the Maine Press Association's annual award for opinion writing.