J. Lee Strickland is a freelance writer and poet living in rural upstate New York. In addition to fiction, he has written extensively on the subjects of rural living, modern homesteading and voluntary simplicity. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pure Slush, Workers Write!, Sixfold, Atticus Review, Icarus Down Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Small Farm Journal, and others. He is a member of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild, and was a judge for the 2015 storySouth Million Writers Award. He is currently at work on a novel drawing upon his experiences as a youth in the anthracite coal strip-mining area of northeast Pennsylvania.