For many years and since its inception, Mr. Elder has been associated with the literary magazine Seems - originally as a contributor, followed by poetry editor, and, since 1978, editor and publisher. A member of the National Eagle Scout Association and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, Elder is active in Scouting, for which his sons, Seth and Wade, serve as professionals in the organization. Elder and his wife, Brenda, a CCRN, live in Howards Grove, Wisconsin.
Elder recently won the 2005 Chad Walsh Poetry Prize. This award is believed to be the largest monetary award for a poem or group of poems at $3,000. The poetry which won the award was published in the Summer 2005 issue of the Beloit Poetry Journal.
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