Lewis Moffett was born on January 26, 1954 in Stanton, Texas
where his father worked in the oil fields of the Permian Basin.
His mother, the former Mary Florence Copeland, later gave
birth to three other children, Keith, Sharon and Mark. The
family moved from town to town, drilling site to drilling
site, wherever the father could find work. Raised Southern
Baptist, their mother made sure her children were brought
up in religious surroundings. In 1968 the father went to work
in the oil fields of Libya. A year later the family followed
with a newly adopted brother Jimmy. They spent two and a half
years on the island of Malta where the author was active in
sports like rugby, track, wrestling and judo. He took guitar
lessons and adapted to a new life in Malta. In 1970 the father
lost his job and the family had to sell everything to get
back to the states. Michael Moffett says he had chills when
he saw the American flag hanging on the wall at Chicagos
Ohare Airport. They were all happy to be back home.
decided to move them to a rural setting in Crossroads, Arkansas
where they lived in a small and crowded mobile home. All thought
they knew what culture shock was until this move was made.
In the summer of 1970, when he was 16 years old, Michael met
the girl of his dreams. They fell in love and dated for three
and a half years until 1973 when he joined the U.S. Navy and
she left for college. Her parents decided it would be best
if the two youngsters went separate ways and they did, until
28 years later when fatefully they were reunited. It was an
answer to prayer for both of them and they came to realize
that they were meant to be together for the rest of their
shortly after this reunion that Michael Moffett began to write
poetry at the age of 46.