Duff Allen (B.A., Middlebury College; MFA, The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts) is a writer living in the Hudson Valley. For many years he taught at a local public high school where he was awarded the Olmsted Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching, by Williams College. As a member of a small team of professors, he teaches writing in Bard College’s Clemente Course in the Humanities, a national program created and committed to bringing tuition-free college education to economically disadvantaged persons. Much of his work as a writer is satirical, novels and short stories that cut across categories of race, gender, background. His fiction appears in the Columbia Journal, the Citron Review, Pure Slush, The Broken City, and many other publications.