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Robert Rickelman was born in Chicago and moved to Tucson in 1995. He earned his BA in Spanish from the University of Arizona, which is where he was introduced to the Latin-American genre of Magical Realism. He employs this genre in much of his writing. In addition to writing, he works as a substitute teacher. He has five nonfiction stories that were published last spring and summer. “Phyllis” is included in the May issue of Inscape Magazine (This piece won the Nonfiction Editors’ Choice Award.); “Group Therapy” appears in Twisted Vine Literary and Arts Journal; two stories, “Comic Relief” and “Orange Sweater,” are in the second issue of The Long Island Literary Journal; a fifth story, “Leaving Prince Albert,” appears in the summer issue of Blue River Review. His short fiction piece, “Annie” will appear in the spring, 2019 issue of The Bitchin’ Kitsch.