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Don Bogen is the author of four books of poetry, most recently An Algebra (Chicago, 2009), and a critical book on Theodore Roethke. His poems and translations have appeared in major journals, and he has collaborated with composers from the U.S. and abroad. Nathaniel Ropes Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati, he serves as poetry editor of The Cincinnati Review.
J.M. Green's first notable creative work was The Pop Machine that Saved The Mall (1984). He wrote the book in the 7th grade; gave it its own "Book of the Year" award; and wrote its blurbs on behalf of The National Enquirer, Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times. Despite his lack of integrity the book won Honorable Mention for Illustrations at the Elida Middle School Academic Fair (Elida, OH). Synopsis (as written on cover): "Pete is really lonely but with the help of his friends Tommy and Irene they can help the police catch two wanted robbers." Since the success of The Pop Machine that Saved The Mall, Green has been achieving his dream of becoming a "career explorer." His resume includes newspaper carrier, lawn boy, grocery bag boy, tennis instructor, intern for Ohio's Office of Criminal Justice Services, trash collector, Marine Infantry Officer, freelance videographer, radio news reporter, CIA Analyst, high school English teacher, university composition and writing adjunct instructor, library services assistant, reference librarian, collection development librarian, and currently an academic librarian (User Experience/Assessment Librarian) at Xavier University.