Blake Love recently turned twenty three years old and feels really, really old. He was born in Riverside and spent his childhood living in Tehachapi, across the street from a creek where he would catch tadpoles. Very Huckleberry Finn . He began lessons in precocity and contempt around fourteen, and withdrew into words and the heroes of books. He was given a book of Rimbaud’s Illuminations at fifteen, read it and knew its power. He moved to Long beach three years ago and is currently working towards a B.A. in creative writing and has received an acceptance letter from San Francisco State University.