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I am a middle school teacher who put making art into the backseat as I developed and grew in the profession. Now, I am studying making comics; my most significant influences in this respect are Tom Hart and the Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW), the work of many artists creating diary comics such as Summer Pierre, John Porcellino, and Keiler Roberts. New mentors emerge daily. Austin Kleon's encouragement to all to write, create, make art, and share inspires me to do so as I learn and improve through reading and practice.

My comics have appeared in Hobart: another literary journal, on the website Graphic Medicine, and in the SAW anthologies, On What Matters and the upcoming Echo where my art is featured on the cover.

Mostly, my comics are self-published through Big Chooch Diary & Memoir Comics which can be read for free online. I distribute between 50-60 printed copies of Big Chooch for free to family, friends, mentors, people who come into my life, artists who inspire me...and I leave random copies out and about in the community and in the spaces I travel to...and then if someone else absolutely wants a printed copy, I have the remaining copies for sale in my Etsy shop. 

As a middle school teacher, my most recent publications include a contribution in A Closer Look: Learning More About Formative Assessment, K-6 by Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty and an article in the July 2017 issue of English Journal called "Towards a Readership of "Real" People: A Case for Authentic Writing Opportunities."

To connect with me, you could send a nice note to P.O. Box 193, Kemblesville, PA 19347 or use bjk925 [at] gmail [dot] com.

You can also follow me on Twitter, & Instagram.

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