“History, Aristotle says, represents things only as they are, while fiction represents them as they might be and ought to be.”
— Albert J. Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man

Poetry

Daniel Coleman

By day, Daniel is a writer and editor at NASA, where he covers topics in technology. This job takes him to conferences across the United States, but not yet to the unhomesteaded moon. He has spent a dozen years as a novitiate in philosophy, studying Plato and Aristotle in college and graduate school, and his favorite literature wrestles with questions about what a good, flourishing life is.

Daniel’s long-term aspirations as an author are primarily in children’s and young-adult literature, both prose fiction and poetry.

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Allen Mendenhall, Literary Lawyer

Allen Mendenhall is a writer, managing editor of Southern Literary Review, staff attorney to Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of the Supreme Court of Alabama, adjunct professor at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, and doctoral candidate in English at Auburn University.

Allen’s most recent publication is a work of libertarian literary theory and criticism, Literature and Liberty:

Anthologies of literary theory and criticism have sections devoted principally to Marxism but not to other modes of economics, including free-market economics or capitalism. It is as if thinkers as wide-ranging as Adam Smith and F.A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises have little to offer literary studies. This book does not attempt to create a robust, comprehensive, or integrated theory of free-market economics, but to leave behind an index of ideas and approaches to libertarian or free-market literary theory and criticism that might influence students and scholars. With chapters on Geoffrey of Monmouth, Shakespeare, E.M. Forster, Mark Twain, Emerson, and Henry Hazlitt, Literature and Liberty offers a range of options for what libertarian literary theory might look like. It seeks to diversify the franchise of literary studies to include libertarian and capitalist ideas.

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Troy Camplin

Troy Camplin has a PhD in the humanities from UT-Dallas, a MA in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a BA in recombinant gene technology. He is a lecturer at UNT-Dallas and writes plays and poetry. He is working on the play President Faust.

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J.P. Medved

J.P. writes fun adventure stories and thoughtful thrillers, from steampunk works like To Rescue General Gordon, Queen Victoria’s Ball, and In the Shade of the Ishtar Trees to philosophical thrillers like Second Opinion. You can preview his other works and download free stories at his website.

When not writing, J.P. can be found frying anything he can get his hands on in his deep fat fryer, shooting tons of guns, and losing himself in a good book at the most inopportune times (around the dinner table, at baseball games, during heartfelt emotional conversations).

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