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Wayne Karlin is an American author, editor, and teacher born in Los Angeles in 1945.
He has published several novels and three works of creative non-fiction about the aftermath of the Vietnam War. His writing career began after service as a Marine in the Vietnam War when he became an editor of Curbstone Press and co-edited the first anthology of veterans' fiction from the war: Free Fire Zone: Short Stories by Vietnam Veterans.
More recently, as American editor for Curbstone's Voices from Vietnam series, he has edited and adapted translations of writers from Vietnam.
He is a professor of Languages and Literature at the College of Southern Maryland, where he has taught since the mid 1980s.
Karlin was one of the script writers and served as a technical consultant and acted in the feature film Song of the Stork, a Vietnamese-Singaporean co-production, which won awards at several film festivals in Europe and Asia.
His short stories and essays have been widely anthologized and his articles and book reviews have appeared in many literary magazines.
He now lives in Saint Mary's County, Maryland.