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AJ Nolan grew up in Columbia, Maryland and got their undergraduate degree from Washington College. After working for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as an environmental educator, and founding Amphibious Horizons, a sea kayaking business that AJ ran for six years, AJ quit all that to focus on writing books. They are the author of Sea Kayaking Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and Sea Kayaking Virginia. AJ has a MFA in fiction from Old Dominion University, and has fiction and essays published in journals such as Flyway, Dogwood, Alligator Juniper, Gris-Gris, Hawai'i Pacific Review and the Potomac Review. The essay, "Edges," was acknowledge as a "Notable Essay" in Best American Essays 2009 and is reprinted in the Potomac Review's 50th anniversary issue, "Best of 50." AJ has been listed as a notable author in both Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. AJ is is a lecturer at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, teaching general education composition and literature, creative writing courses, and upper-level literature courses.