Jeffrey F. Barken is the author of All the Lonely Boys in New York and This Year in Jerusalem, collaborating with Irish artist Diana Muller to illustrate his fiction. Barken is the founder and Chief Editor of Monologging.org. This colorful publication and small press connects writers with artists around the world, encouraging collaborative multimedia projects and providing regular arts-related reporting. Barken received his Bachelor's in English from Cornell University and his Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing from the University of Baltimore. Now based in Ithaca, New York, Barken was recently elected to serve on the City Council as Alderperson for Ithaca's Third Ward.
Jeffrey F. Barken writes about the serendipitous series of events, spanning Ireland to New York and several years, that led him to connecting Ryan Dennis and New York State Senate hopeful Leslie Danks Burke.