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I am a professor emeritus of English at Pepperdine University in Malibu CA (although my retirement home is in southwestern Idaho). During my twenty-seven years at Pepperdine I taught everything from Freshman Composition to Advanced Grammar to Business Writing; from Survey of English Literature to Milton and the Epic; from Introduction to Creative Writing to Senior Seminars in Writing.
Along the way, I discovered the joys of writing, not just to meet requirements for graduate degrees or to insure tenure, but for myself--saying things in a way that might make my thoughts more interesting for readers and thereby invite them back into the books I talked about. Most of my academic writing relates to authors I love: John Milton, the great 17th-century English poet, on the one hand; Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Piers Anthony, and additional science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers on the other.
But my real love now is creative writing: novels, short stories, and most especially poetry. My offerings range from the three-line haiku found in Tissue Promises to a 6,500-line epic, The Nephiad. And everything in between.
Please let me know what you think at my website: http://www.starshineandshadows.com/
Kendra Santa Cruz
on Oct. 07, 2010 :
The cover of this book did not disappoint! I was hoping for real skill & a fun sense of humor and boy did I find it! Usually I look at limericks with one eye closed lest the author go places like “Nantucket” ;-) but this book I read with both eyes wide open (except for when I was blinking laugh tears out of my eyes ;-)!
I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to others in a heartbeat!
I found the history limericks a bit above my everyday knowledge but still enjoyable for the skill of the author!
(reviewed the day of purchase)