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Jason Mastaler

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Jason Mastaler is an American writer of poetry, essays, and short fiction. He holds degrees from Harvard University, The University of New Mexico, and The University of Idaho’s Creative Writing graduate program. His work has been published in numerous literary magazines including FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Passages North, Spillway, The Tusculum Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Los Angeles Review, Hawaii Review, and Harvard Review. In 2013 he received a distinguished essay notation in The Best American Essays, and was a 2014 finalist for The Cincinnati Review’s Schiff Award in Prose. He served as Managing Editor for Fugue Literary Journal and taught college English for several years. In a former life, Jason spent fifteen years as a computer engineer, including seven years on the Technical Staff in Computer Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He also founded Reach Isles, a technology company focused on building interactive 3D virtual worlds inside Second Life. He published in scientific journals and authored or contributed to many Open Source software projects including the Tagged Message Delivery Agent anti-spam system, the Python programming language, and the XEmacs text editor. His hobbies include floriculture, candy making, street photography, tennis, badminton, hiking, and inline skating.

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