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Lee Shainen

Lee was a Tucson garbageman when, with less than a day to prepare, he found himself in front of a composition class at the University of Arizona. That summer, he was invited to the inaugural Southern Arizona Writing Project, became a research assistant for SAWP, and met many who were reimagining the teaching of writing. He went on to be awarded for teaching excellence.


In search of community, romance, a spiritual path, a subpar round—all while gathering novel material—he traveled extensively, taking on jobs of all sorts, but always returning to teaching, writing, and golf.


Now, on the back nine of life, with the pandemic as a backdrop and motivated by a near-death experience, he shares tales of synchronicity from his journey and what he learned along the way.

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