Duane Simolke received StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Awards for his books The Acorn Stories, Degranon, and Holding Me Together. He edited and co-wrote the fundraiser The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer. His writing has appeared in many print or online outlets, including nightFire, Mesquite, Caprock Sun, Beyond: Science Fiction & Fantasy, The Online Gay Community Magazine, The International Journal on World Peace, Who Writes Short Shorts?, This Week in Texas, and Gay Flash Fiction. DuaneSimolke.Com includes details about his writing. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and lives in Lubbock, Texas.