This collection of music represents a collaborative effort between poet, composer, artist, conductor, and choir. Poetry by William Wallis was set by David Montoya for choir. London-based artist Lorato Mastebroek has created wonderful sketch images that help to capture the spirit of each piece. w&ea;. is pleased to have had the opportunity to be the first to perform and record these exciting new pieces. the poet. William Wallis (b. 1946) was born in the American South and educated at Hendrix College, Southern Illinois University, the University of Nebraska (Ph.D.in Literary Criticism and Creative Writing, 1972), and the Hanover Conservatory (Opera Performance). He has published twenty volumes of poetry and prose. His volumes Joshua (1994), Twins (1996), and Selected Poems 1969-99 (2000) were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Poetry Division. In 2006, his novel Hawk won the Benjamin Franklin Award in Popular Fiction of the Independent Publishers of America. (His works are available on Amazon.com.) He lives with his wife Leslie and their four children just off the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, where he is a cycling enthusiast. the composer. David V. Montoya (b. 1968) received a bachelor’s degree in music education from California State University, Los Angeles, and a master of music degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. He currently teaches at La Habra High School (CA) where he teaches choral music, guitar, piano, AP Music Theory, and ukulele. His compositions range from a cappella and accompanied choral music (from the silly to the sacred) to works for voice, guitar, ukulele, and piano. Montoya lives his musical life in the Los Angeles, CA area, with his wife Patricia, and his three boys, David Thomas, Joseph and Matthew. Montoya studies composition with his dear friend and teacher, noted author/composer, William Allaudin Mathieu. He is also the caretaker of the library of scores by his friend and teacher George Heussenstamm. For more information about David V. Montoya and his music, please visit www.MontoyaMusic.com. the artist. Lorato Mastebroek (b. 1983) earned a BA in Film, Television and New Media Studies and an MA in Film Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Since graduation she has moved to London and been involved in various projects in the area. Recently, illustration has grown into an area of increasing interest for her. Lorato came to this project via Facebook, further showcasing the extent of the collaborative aspect of the project.