Kenneth King is a graduate of Berea College, with a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and a J.D. from the Vanderbilt School of Law. King has taught writing at colleges and universities in Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois; clerked for the Hon. Eugene E. Siler, Jr., US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; and worked as a staff attorney for the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund. His poetry has appeared in various journals, including Poetry Northwest, Northwest Review, and College English. King was on the faculty at Western Kentucky University before resigning to complete Germs Gone Wild.