John L. Dutton II has nineteen years of teaching experience ranging from elementary school to high school. The last fourteen of those years he has taught language arts to middle school students. He strives to make language arts appealing to adolescents through hands-on activities along with integrating technology into the classroom to enhance needed life skills. He has been active in two writing groups, Write by the Rails (WbtR) and the Prince William Poet Laureate Circle, since December of 2013. He is a life member of the Virginia Writers’ Club and the Poetry Society of Virginia. He is also the creator of Spilled Ink VA, an open-mic night that celebrates the written word.