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Joe Cavano
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Having ignored the advice of teachers from grammar school through grad school  to become a writer, Joseph Cavano took the road most taken and  spent much of his so far enjoyable life teaching in the secondary schools and colleges of upstate New York. Until 2007. That year saw him begin to write for publication. What followed were two short story collections, awards  such as the Doris Betts Fiction Prize and the Elizabeth Simpson Smith, as well as numerous  publications in magazines like the North Carolina Literary Review, Potomac Review , and the Cliff Garstang , Press 53 anthology, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet. An accomplished jazz pianist, he often  performs at his book signings in order to illustrate the similarities in improvising  music and crafting a work of fiction; in each case you don’t know where you are going until you get there.

An avid fly fisherman , ginseng hunter, rattlesnake photographer, and golfer, like comic Woody Allan, his one regret in life is he is not somebody else.

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