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J. Patrick Redmond recently returned to his home state of Indiana, after sixteen years in South Florida, teaching for the Miami-Dade County Public School System. He holds a BA in English from Florida International University, and an MFA from Stony Brook University. He is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post. Redmond’s writing has appeared in the NOH8 Campaign blog, the Southampton Review, and in the Barnes & Noble Review’s Grin & Tonic. Some Go Hungry (Kaylie Jones Books) is Redmond’s first novel,  a fictional account drawn from his own experiences working in his family’s provincial Indiana restaurant—and wrestling with his sexual orientation—in a town rocked by the murder of his gay high school classmate in the 1980s. In Some Go Hungry, Grey Daniels returns from Miami Beach, Florida, to Fort Sackville, Indiana, to run his family’s restaurant—a popular Sunday dinner spot for the after-church crowd. Grey struggles in this new setting to live an authentic, openly gay life. He is put to the test when his former high school lover—and fellow classmate of the murdered student—returns to town as the youth pastor of the local fundamentalist Christian church.