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Tom Kepler lives a minimum of three lives in one: his life as a writer, his life as a school teacher, and his life as a publisher of Wise Moon Books. These enterprises are chronicled on his blog at tomkeplerswritingblog.com.
Tom Kepler Writing
Tom has published three books, a fantasy novel, The Stone Dragon; a young adult novel, Love Ya Like a Sister; and a small book of poetry, Bare Ruined Choirs. Besides publishing on paper, he is also focusing on publishing online, including poetry at Every Day Poets and flash fiction at Metazen, Every Day Fiction, and 365tomorrows.
Tom Kepler, Classroom Teacher
Having taught in the classroom for over thirty years, grades 7-12, his writing reflects much of what he has observed: young people raising themselves, struggling to make the right choices, helping one another, and usually finding a way to get through to the place and person they want to be. "I've learned as much as a teacher as I've given my students. Growing up is truly a heroic journey."
Wise Moon Books
Tom "authenticated" his poetry by publishing in literary little magazines prior to publishing Bare Ruined Choirs via Wise Moon Books. He also publishes in online zines to establish himself as an author accepted by the gatekeepers of the industry. His novels are a tougher task, though, and as he seeks publication in the traditional publishing world, he is also learning and using the new technologies to make his books available, not only to the general reading public but also to his students. "There are two things I can pass to my students. I can hand them one of my published books, and I can also give them the knowledge of how they can publish their own writing. The book may impress them, but the knowledge empowers them."
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on Feb. 27, 2012 :
I just finished the first of the three stories. And I wanted to review it before reading the next of the three, because it's still pretty fresh in my mind. Mr. Kepler's writing (this story and The Stone Dragon) are the best modern literature I've read, at least for a couple years. They're just great. I was reading this one, and found myself going back over words I'd just read, because I thought I missed something. But I find that I best just go ahead and trust that it is all making sense. And it does. The stories are so interesting that I want to read fast, but I miss things along the way, it feels. But the best way is the read each word completely and move on at the easy pace. The work is so dense in meaning and beauty and wisdom. And the whole is greater than the parts (which are meaning, beauty and wisdom).
(reviewed within a month of purchase)