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Al Ortolani was born in Huntington, New York in 1952. He was raised in Pittsburg, Kansas, attending Pittsburg State University where he received his B.S. in Education M.A. in English and an Ed.S. in Higher Education. Ortolani is a career public school teacher. His poetry and reviews have appeared in journals such as Prairie Schooner, New Letters, The Midwest Quarterly, The English Journal and the New York Quarterly. He has three books of poetry, The Last Hippie of Camp 50 and Finding the Edge, published by Woodley Press at Washburn University, and Wren's House, published by Coal City Press in Lawrence, Kansas. He is an editor for The Little Balkans Review and works closely with the Kansas City Writer's Place. Currently, he lives in the Kansas City area with his wife Sherri. In 1990 Ortolani claimed to have cooked the perfect bowl of chili.
Paperback: 122 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press (May 2, 2013)