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J J RUSZ is the pen name for John J Ruszkiewicz, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a BA from St. Vincent College in 1972 and a PhD in English from The Ohio State University in 1977. The author of a wide range of college textbooks, including "Everything's an Argument," "How to Write Anything," and "A Reader's Guide to College Writing," he is recently retired from the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught literature, rhetoric, and composition for 40 years.

Now under the name J J Rusz, he has published "The Window Trail: A Big Bend Country Mystery" (2018), the first book in a projected series focusing on Far West Texas and its surrounding communities, including Alpine, Marathon, Fort Davis, Terlingua, and Marfa. He currently spends much of his time in Alpine, Texas, enjoying its proximity to Big Bend National Park.