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Jerry McGinley is the editor/publisher of Lake City Lights, a free online poetry magazine. Check it out at

Background Information

Jerry McGinley's new novel THE LOVE SONG OF JOSEPH FLAHERTY is now available in all ebook formats. Google the title to find buying options.

His previous works include CYCLOPS (The Fiction Works), JOAQUIN STRIKES BACK (Tudor Books Inc.), A GOAL FOR JOAQUIN (in audio-drama, paperback, and e-book formats from The Fiction Works), MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP (in paperback and e-book from The Fiction Works), and WAUPACA COUNTY 7A.M. (a collection of poetry from Apollo Books). 

The author also has four stage plays and two screenplays nearly completed.   

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Received teaching awards--including the Kohl Educational Excellence Fellowship, Jarvis Bush Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing (Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English), 100 Most Inspiring Teachers in America (SallieMae and Newsweek).

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REVIEW: "McGinley Recreates Image of a Monster" by Gretchen McClain (The Norski Chronicle, 5/17/2002) When was the last time you thought about the Cyclops? You know, good old Polyphemus, the gory monster who was outsmarted and left blinded by Odysseus? Would you believe that Polyphemus wasn't such a brute? At least not according to the book just published by Jerry McGinley. CYCLOPS is an interesting take on what the story of mythology is from the point of view of one of the "not beautiful." It's easy to hate this creature when you think he is terrorizing our hero Odysseus. But when you hear his side of it, it's an entirely different story. Polyphemus narrates his own story, starting with his early lessons with Hermes. Hermes favors Polyphemus over his brothers because he is smarter. Of course, we get that from Poly. But considering he is trusted with the flying sandals and the helmet that makes him invisible, then perhaps he can be trusted to tell honestly his own story. Poly tells us of his difficulty in love, his ordeal with Odysseus, and his encounter with a very wise boy who helps him change his point of view. His life is a lonely one, but he seems wiser for the lessons he has learned. This book gives a new voice to an old "monster." The lesson for us, perhaps, is an old one: there are two sides to every story and don't judge a book by the cover. CYCLOPS is a fun read, and it makes you consider point of view very carefully. In one way, it's about the one-eyed monster who finally gets his say, but in another way, it's about any of us who have had days when we've felt like one.

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The Fiction Works
Three of my publications have been with The Fiction Works. The fourth, THE LOVE SONG OF JOSEPH FLAHERTY was just released.

Sony Ebooks Store
Four of my books are now available at Sony.

Lake City Lights, An Online Poetry Magazine
Lake City Lights is a new, free magazine publishing new work by established and emerging poets.

Five of my books are currently available through Amazon.

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