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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Jayne Osborn lives in the UK, is a retired teacher and a well-known writer of humorous poetry. Her work has appeared in many publications and anthologies.
She suffers from a serious condition known as Apostrophe Rage, the symptoms of which are: muttering about appalling standards of education, and putting in – or more often removing – apostrophes in public places.
She has 3 children and 3.5, at the time of writing, grandchildren. Jayne rides a motorbike and, together with her husband, renovates their Victorian farmhouse, keeps a few exotic pets, and writes poems. Apart from all that it’s rumoured that she’s relatively normal.