Known for his heartwarming portrayals of ordinary people, award-winning author David R. Yale has had fiction published in Midstream and Response. His book, HomesPun Humor, was a finalist in both the 2014 Indie Excellence® and USA Best Book Awards. He has done readings at Union College, Claremont College, The Mendota (Minnesota) Jazz Emporium, and UCLA. In the 1970s Yale was the recreation director at Shingle Creek and Bohannon Parks in North Minneapolis. He has taught writing at the University of Minnesota and The School of Visual Arts. Until his recent retirement, he was an international direct-mail-marketing consultant.