Marcus If is the Headmaster and Guerrilla Ontologist for the Beyond Academia Free Skool in Boulder County, Colorado, which he founded in 2012 at the request of the local poetic community. He is the current Chairman of the Board of Beyond Academia LLC, a non-profit arts and education organization. He teaches a variety of courses in the Poetic Constructs, Ontological Engineering, and Esoteric Practices tracks. A veteran performance poet, Marcus has been reading at least monthly along the Front Range for 28 years at open mics and featured events. He has hosted the Speakeasy reading series at the No Name Bar on the Hill, serves as chief editor at Boar Hog Press, founded the Love Shovel Poetry Troupe, been the elected President of the Nederland Area Historical Society & Mining Museum, trained as a NEHA Certified Radiation engineer, was captured as a felonious POW in the Reagan-era Drug War, and currently reigns as Zen Tyrant of the meritocracy of Love Shovel Ranch in Nederland, half a dozen miles from the Continental Divide.