Brian Fender is 44 and lives with ALS. Despite being unable to speak, he is thankful for the inspiration that comes with a new day and the technological devices that make acting on the inspiration possible. Fender holds an MFA in fiction writing from the New School University. Fender is published in Permafrost vol. 33, Paper Darts and is working on getting his feature length screenplay produced. Fender also has a documentary title Dick that is scheduled to be released in the Spring or early summer.