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I am a writer and editor living in Lenexa, Kansas. I am retired from Hallmark cards, where I worked for 22 years, the last 9 as director of the writing studio. I grew up on Long Island, New York and went to college at Binghamton University, where I studied British, American and Canadian literature and South American magical realism and earned a master’s degree in fiction writing. I published short fiction in The Indiana Review and MSS. I began writing poetry in the mid-1990s under the mistaken belief that it would be easier than writing fiction. My chapbook, Where the World Begins, is inspired by stories my aunts and mother told about growing up in a poor sharecropper’s family in Louisiana. It will be available in April 2015. I am seeking a publisher for a second chapbook, Time Remaining,” based on the journal I kept during my husband's illness and death. I have been the senior poetry editor for Kansas City Voices magazine since 2011 and do several readings each year in Kansas City.
Bryan lives in Wichita, Kansas with his wife Gina and their son, Nick. Professor of English at Newman University, Bryan grew up watching classic horror movies and dreaming of becoming a comic book artist. He remains conflicted about choosing a tenure-track job over a chance to be an extra in Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks, but is comforted by several facts: the first person to be abducted in Aliens is named Dietrich, the composer for the original Mummy was named Dietrich, and the Kecksburg UFO incident occurred in December of 1965, just before Bryan was born. Further inferences are welcome.