Michael Blumenthal, formerly Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, graduated from the Cornell Law School in 1974 and is currently Visiting Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Immigration Clinic at The West Virginia University College of Law. His first collection of short stories, The Greatest Jewish-American Lover in Hungarian History, was published by Etruscan Press in 2014, and Etruscan also published his eighth book of poems, No Hurry: Poems 2000-2012 in 2013. He is the author of the memoir All My Mothers and Fathers (Harper Collins, 2002), and of Dusty Angel (BOA Editions, 1999). His novel Weinstock Among The Dying, won Hadassah Magazine’s Harold U. Ribelow Prize for the best work of Jewish fiction, and has been re-issued in paperback by Pleasure Boat Studios, who also published his collection of essays from Central Europe, When History Enters the House, in 1998. Five of his books have also been published by Verlag Andre Thiele in Mainz, Germany. This March, his collaboration with the baboon conservationist Rita Miljo, „Because They Needed Me“: The Incredible Struggle of Rita Miljo To Save The Orphaned Baboons of South Africa will be published. In his free time, he reads and thinks about primates of all sorts.