HOWARD G. FRANKLIN was born in St. Joe, Missouri in 1940. Raised in Los Angeles, he received his B.S. in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Southern California, and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. From 1968 to 1988, Howard served as a Deputy Public Defender for Los Angeles County, was engaged in the private practice of law, and became a partner in F & F Investment Company. His novel Gideon’s Children focuses on five young Public Defenders fiercely battling prosecutors, cops, and judges within the raw environment of murder, rape, robbery, and drugs. As the intense drama unfolds, the novel provides a brutally realistic look into the bizarre world of criminal law–a world that lives and breathes amidst the more civilized elements of greater society. His short stories and poetry have appeared on radio, in newspapers, and numerous national magazines and literary journals such as A Different Drummer, Razem, the Lake Oswego Review, The Sandwich Generation, Silver Quill, Nomad’s Choir, Single Vision, and Poets at Work. He also has appeared as a guest poet in Poetspeak’s Reading Series at Portland State University, and in the Northwest Coalition’s celebration of National Poetry Month in Vancouver, Washington. Howard is also the author of An Irish Experience, combining both his lifelong love of the written word with his unswerving passion for Ireland.