Gerald So, Editor

I started to see crime through the lens of poetry in 1993 reading Robert B. Parker novels about poet-inspired private investigator Spenser.

Crime seeped into my poetry such that I was featured in Anthony Rainone's Spring 2007 Mystery Scene article, "Raven in a Trenchcoat: Hardboiled & Noir Poetry".

And after co-publishing The Lineup annual chapbooks 2008–11, I created The Five-Two to debut new crime poetry on the Web each week, collecting fifty-two in each year's ebook, almost twice as many as a chapbook held.

Each Five-Two poem has a companion video. For poets unable to record, videos are volunteered by me or other Voices of The Five-Two. You can become a Voice of The Five-Two by contacting me.

A member of the Academy of American Poets and freelance reviewer of crime fiction, television, and film, previously I served as fiction editor for Kevin Burton Smith's Thrilling Detective Web Site (2001–09). Before that, I taught English at Hofstra University 1998–2004, having earned my M.A. in creative writing from Queens College/CUNY (1998) and my B.A. in English from Hofstra (1996).