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Alan Balter was a teacher in the Special Education Department of Chicago State University for 34 years. He lives in Northbrook Illinois with his wife Barbara, also a retired teacher, where they enjoy extensive travel and fourteen grandchildren.

He has published two nonfiction books: Divided Apple: A Story about Teaching in Chicago and Learning Disabilities: A Book for Parents, both with Kendall-Hunt publishers. He has also published two novels: Holden and Me (Rockway Press) for which he received their international fiction award in 2006 and Different Ways of Being (Linkville Press). His essay, “Cruel and Unusual Endings,” about physician assisted suicide, appeared in the Op-Ed section of the Chicago Tribune in 2000.

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Brendan's dream of a career in poetry was undone by his crippling addiction to regular paychecks. This led him to a job working for his Uncle Sam, where he carves out a decent living sitting in a corner and muttering at his computer (a skill which also serves him well when versifying). He is tolerated (and tragically misunderstood) by editors at The Washington Post, Style Invitational, the Omnificent English Dicitionary in Limerick Form (OEDILF) cabal, and most everyone else who knows him.

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