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Edward Bear was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Los Angeles. Early experiences include a brief stint in minor league baseball, too many years in construction work, day labor, bartending, and a variety of dead-end jobs. He attended (sometimes very briefly) six colleges and received no degrees. A correspondence course in engineering landed him a job at Hewlett-Packard, where has been employed for 27 years.

His major influences are Winnie the Pooh, Eugene O'Neill, John Steinbeck, Meister Eckhart, T.S. Eliot, and Jacques Maritain, not necessarily in that order. He has published several fiction pieces in small literary magazines and a novel, Diamonds Are Trump.

As a volunteer at a local hospice, he pushes the cocktail cart on Friday afternoons, delivering drinks to the terminally ill. Given his background and his tenuous relationship with alcohol and drugs, he sometimes thinks he hears a cosmic chuckle as he makes his rounds. He lives in Denver with his second wife. He has six marvelous children from a previous marriage, plays a vintage Martin guitar and writes in whatever time the gods have left for him.

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