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Norman Ball is a poet, playwright, essayist, and musician residing in Virginia. A featured poet on Prairie Home Companion, he has had his poems and essays appear in Light Quarterly, Trinacria, Angle, New Trad Journal, The Raintown Review, The Pennsylvania Review, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Epicenter, Oxford Magazine, The Cumberland Poetry Review, 14 by 14, Rattle, Liberty, The Hypertexts, Main Street Rag, The New Renaissance, The Scotsman, and The London Times, among others.

His essay collections, How Can We Make Your Power More Comfortable? (2010) and The Frantic Force (2011), both widely available on the web, are published by Del Sol Press and Petroglyph Books, respectively. His recent play SIDES: A Civil War Musical (inspired by The Red Badge of Courage) is currently being produced for TV by Last Tango Productions, LLC. His book on television and culture, Between River and Rock: How I Resolved Television n Six Easy Payments will appear later in 2013 from Giant Steps Press.

He is currently co-writing a book that explores how best to fashion technology and cultural solutions for the exponential explosion of data and its warehousing requirements. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Washington & Lee University and an MBA in Finance from The George Washington University. He is a Program Management Professional (PMP), a Virginia General Contractor (GC), and a frequent columnist for NASDAQ as well as an Associate Editor for The Potomac and a Contributing Editor at Pop Matters magazine. He has a son Gregory who is down to one painted turtle called Lucky. Along the way, there have been too many snakes to count.

Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books/White Violet Press (October 23, 2013)