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Lance Carden moved to St. Augustine, Florida, in 2014, after a writing and editing career at The Christian Science Monitor. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon (emphasis on playwriting). His first book, Witness: An Oral History of Black Politics in Boston, 1920 to 1960, was published by Boston College in 1989. In 2013, he and his wife, Charlene Vincent, published Tuscan Retreat, a book of poetry written during a long visit to Italy. In 2015, he published another book of poems titled City of Lions, A Poet’s Guide, celebrating the 450th anniversary of St. Augustine. In October of 2018, A Classic Theatre (ACT) gave a successful staged reading of his play Democracy & its Demise in St. Augustine. Spiritual Exercise, the latest of his books of poetry was published by Wipf and Stock Publishers in September, 2019.