Joseph Federico came to poetry through poetry slam events in Chicago. The slams (or competitions) were fun and so he joined in. Slams are oral events; he moved in time toward poems written for the page, for longer and slower and more internal reading. He moved to Oregon after retiring from a social science career, drawn by the relatively unspoiled natural setting. His poetry tends to reflect the dual influences of the psychological aspects of human events and the hope he draws from his present exposure to natural surroundings in the foothills of the Umpqua Natural Forest.