Charles Kaufmann is a writer, filmmaker, composer and the founding director of The Longfellow Chorus, a professional non-profit performing arts organization in Portland, Maine. As a musician and writer, he often seeks to draw upon musical lyricism as a source of lyric expression in prose. Twice a finalist in the Ithaca Choral Competition Contest, where he won second prize in 2007, his short stories appear on East of the Web and in Bound Off Short Story Podcast: Issue 4. “An Elegy for Your Cat,” a short piece of creative nonfiction, will appear in the fall 2017 Citron Review. Kaufmann has been a contributor to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference multiple times. He was a fiction finalist in the 2009 Aesthetica Creative Works Competition.