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Background Information

I was born and spent most of my life in the US. I have at various times been a hobo, a gardener, a carpenter,a taxi driver, a winery worker, a tobacco picker, a disc jockey and have worked at other odd jobs too numerous to name. I returned to university at the age of 39 as a student of biology, ultimately earning a PhD in entomology. I moved to South Africa in 2003 and was occupied as a lecturer at Rhodes University in Grahamstown till February 2011 when I took early retirement and returned to the US. I now live in Sacramento, CA. My creative writing output ceased in the late 1980’s but has rekindled and I now write poetry as well as prose. I have self-published 4 novels/short story collectiuons, which are available at They will soon be available on Amazon. I have published more than 30 scientific papers and articles. I am also a folk blues and jazz guitarist.

Birth Place
Hackensack, NJ 

PhD in Entomology

Additional Information

I have self-published a book of fiction titled Cat Came Back and Other Stories. The stories in this collection are mostly short short stories (2-5 pages) along with a 90 page novella. All the writing was done in the 1980's while I lived in the US. The writing ranges from the purely fictional to near autobiography, usually hovering somewhere in between. At times humorous, at times sad, these tales tell the stories of characters that are often lost or disjunct from society but are generally sympathetic. I am influenced by the American poet Charles Bukowski but I tread my own ground. Other influences would include Celine, Fante, and Hamsun. More recently I have published 2 new novels, Two Trains Running and God Awful Acreas, as well as a hybrid short story collection/novel (Stockboy) and new edition of Cat Came Back and Other Stories. All 4 books are available as paperback or eBook at

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Doug Downie
2408 D St 
Sacramento CA 95816   USA
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Find a few excerpts from Cat Came Back, a few poems, a few rants, a few short prose pieces.

Doug Downie's blog
Short pieces of writing on various topics.

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