Author Denver E. Long studied at the University of Chicago and is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he earned a BFA in Industrial Design (Product Development). He is also a graduate of DePaul University where he earned a master’s degree in Liberal Studies. Denver is a Returned Peace Corp Volunteer having served in Sierra Leone, West Africa in 1967 and 1968. As an educator and designer, he has decades of teaching and professional design experience. He has taught from elementary school through high school and college. Denver designed the beautiful mosaic tile mural that adorns the façade of the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. He is also a retired adjunct professor of Humanities Literature and English at Westwood College. He enjoys reading, writing, cycling and playing saxophone. Denver and Joan, his wife of thirty-seven years live in Chicago.