Linda Drajem taught English for over 25 years to secondary students in the Buffalo Public Schools, and taught for nine years in the English department at Buffalo State College. In addition, she is a local writer, published in The Buffalo News, Trees of Surprise, and other publications, as well as in a recent volume of poetry, InnerSessions, along with two other poets. She continues to teach writing classes as a visiting poet to young people in local schools. The proud grandmother of four grandchildren, she travels often with her husband Robert to Seattle to be with her son Christopher, his husband Patrick and their children. In addition they also visit often their other son Mark, his wife Barbara and their children in Maryland. Every year the extended family tries to meet for an extended reunion since family “matters” to them all.

Christopher Drajem currently teaches high school English in Bellevue, WA. He moved from Buffalo, NY to Seattle in 1993, and worked for Seattle Children’s Theatre, Bainbridge Performing Arts, and Two Roads Theatre Company. He has been an English teacher since 2001. In January 2013, Christopher and the love of his life Patrick were legally wed in the state of Washington. This was merely a formality, as they had marked their commitment in an August 2001 ceremony in front of family and friends, many from Buffalo and Long Island, their hometowns. In 2003 they adopted their daughter, Isabella, and in 2007 the family was complete when they adopted a son, Jordan. As a family they travel frequently to the east coast for all manner of family reunions and celebrations.

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