Bill O'Neill is a Cornell University graduate who grew up in rural Ohio. He was elected to the New Mexico State Legislature in 2008 and is currently serving his third term. His first novel and poetry collection were both critically acclaimed, and SHORT SESSION (Red Mountain Press, 2021) is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed PANORAMIC DIARIES (Red Mountain Press, 2020). He's also the author of THE FREEDOM OF THE IGNORED (Red Mountain Publishing, 2017), a poetry book. Bill's work with non-profits has defined his career, with a concentration on incarcerated juveniles and adults.
He credits his early writing influence to his mentor E.L. Doctorow, who was named an Emerging Leader by the University of Virginia's Darden School in 2016. Doctorow is a writer who is well-known for his
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