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I'm the author of The Tao of Writing and many other short stories and articles. A professor of English and Writing and Department Chair at Buffalo State College, my motto is, "Bring me your needy, hopeless writers, and I'll give them sustenance and hope. " At least I'll try. Oddly enough, it's often the non-writers who end up in my creative writing classes almost by accident who surprise me the m

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I've been writing since I could hold a crayon, and I spent much of my youth buried in piles of comic books, science fiction, fantasy and encyclopedias.  So, my early influences were Stan Lee and his compatriots.  Later, Kurt Vonnegut, Herman Hesse and Gabriel Garcia Marquez loomed large literary development.  I've been a newspaper reporter (civilian and military), a gardner, a professional musician, a ditch digger (really), and a grant writer.  Somewhere along the line I was fortunate to be admitted to Michigan Technological Institute's Rhetoric and Technical Communication program, and I emerged with a Ph.D.

My nonfiction has been published in popular and academic journal over the years, and my short stories have appeared a number of journals, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Cafe Irreal, Above the Bridge, Denver Syntax, and others.  Frankly,  much of the last few years have been dedicated to academic publishing and work, and I'm just getting back to my fiction.

The Tao of Writing came from my interests in Eastern Philosophy and Writing.  The connections simply clicked one day, and the thousands who have read the book seem to agree.  Sometimes we write something and later find it isn't what we thought.  The Tao of Writing continues to be inspirational to me, and I use it to spur my own work.

KESH, my tween novel, was released by Wild Child Publications in 2014, and won the Electroic Publishing Industry Coalition's EPIC Award for Children's Writing in 2015. I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the shore of Lake Superior. I was surrounded by forests and northwoods myths of the Chippewa-Ojibwe tribe and the French Canadian Voyageurs and loggers. KESH was born in that world and celebrates the short life of my friend Jerry

I have two manuscripts in the works, a science fiction novel, and a book on "Writing Your Story".

Birth Place
Iron Mountain, MI USA

KESH, a novel of eco-fantasy, is the winner of the 2015 EPIC Award for Children's Writing from the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition. KESH is available through, Wild Child Publishing, and other online e-book vendors.

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