Ken Conklin, a native of Los Angeles, has lived in Botetourt County, Virginia, for the past eighteen years. He was awarded a 2022 Kegley Preservation Award for his book NORVEL: An American Hero about Botetourt County native Norvel Lee. Ken is also the author of The Zen of Ken, a collection of his poems. His essays have been published in the Roanoke Times and other publications such as the Victoria Advocate, Easy Reader, and Microwave Journal.  His career in the technology industry gave him the opportunity to travel throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The experiences from those travels inform his writing.  He is a member of the Authors Guild, Alliance of Independent Authors, and the Poetry Society of Virginia.  Ken enjoys golf, hiking the beautiful trails of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, and attending local live music events.  He continues, however, to root for the Los Angeles Dodgers.