Paul Kijinski


Paul Kijinski is the author of the novel CAMP LIMESTONE, a winner of the 2007 Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers, and other works of middle grade fiction. THE 11:15 BENCH is his first novel for adult readers.

Kijinski was born in Garfield Heights, Ohio, and earned degrees from Oberlin College, The Ohio State University, and John Carroll University. He began writing seriously while serving as a missile officer in the U.S. Air Force. The solitude of underground launch control centers provided a uniquely rich environment for putting pen to paper. His final assignment in the military was teaching English at the Air Force Academy.

Kijinski is currently an elementary school teacher in South Euclid, Ohio. He and his wife, Eileen, have two adult sons.

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Notes from Underground: A Cold War Missileer Goes Home
Price: Free! Words: 6,400. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military, Essay » Sociology
The author, a missile launch control officer in the waning years of the Cold War, returns to his old Air Force unit in North Dakota. His goal is to learn firsthand how today's missileers are faring in the gray environment of the post-Cold War era.
The 11:15 Bench
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,140. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Roger Jakubiak isn’t where he thought he would be at age 45: single, predictable, and working as an eighth-grade social studies teacher in the same Cleveland area school district from which he graduated. Now a suspected brain aneurism enters the picture to remind Roger that his life is more than half-spent, and that the vacuum at its center could only be filled by his first love, Regina Tucci.

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