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About the Artist

Jesse Minkert (Seattle) learned to draw and paint when he was 12. He got a BFA as a painter and an MA as a sculptor, but diabetic retinopathy, a frequent cause of blindness, threatened his vision. His eyes survived the treatment, and he went on to create arts access programs for visually impaired people. He has written plays for theater and radio, short stories, novels, and poems. Wood Works Press published a letterpress collection of his microstories, Shortness of Breath & Other Symptoms, in 2008. Minkert performed at Burning Word in 2011. His poetry appears in Harpur Palate, Aunt Chloe, Tattoo Highway, DMQ Review, Chantarelle’s Notebook, and Snakeskin. In the summer, Minkert works with Jack Straw Productions to help visually impaired school kids produce radio plays and PSAs. Most recently, his work has been featured in the Naugatuck River Review, Paper Nautilus, and Floating Bridge Review #5.

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