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by KJ Hannah Greenberg

Beast There, Don’t That

Dr. Owen Brownstone, aka Owmapow, is a good-hearted fellow, a biology professor, a rescuer of oceanic fauna, a devoted brother, a teacher of science writing, and a wannabe fictioneer. Unfortunately, he is also an individual who is almost always disadvantaged by the courses of action in which he or his associates engage.

Yet, part of what makes him endearing is his tenacity. This character repeatedly attempts to embrace activities that he deems correct, no matter the number and nature of deterrents that they present. On balance, despite his innate courage, he repeatedly blunders. Dr. Brownstone remains a man befuddled by sundry ineptitudes, i.e., he is a contemporary Sad Sack, a relatively inconsequential person who is constantly confronting absurdities, even humiliations.

As such, Owmapow is all of us. He is us in his doggedness. He is us in his recurrently unexpected misfortune. He is us in his bumbling. For every moment that any of us have felt incompetent or frustrated by the caprices of empowered others or by the fickleness of providence, we have been Owen Brownstone.

About the Author

As KJ Hannah Greenberg sprouts more white hairs and grandchildren, she is increasingly focusing on fulfilling book contracts. She writes about: Judaism, parenting, imaginary hedgehogs, and star fairing, polycephalic, gelatinous wildebeests. 

Earlier in life, Hannah played oboe, participated in martial arts, learned basket weaving, and studied Middle Eastern dancing. What’s more, she became a certified herbalist, and an AP College Board-authorized calculus teacher. As a rhetoric professor, she mostly taught critical and creative thinking by means of English, communications, philosophy, sociology, and psychology courses and graciously accepted National Endowment for the Humanities funding.

As a creative writer, Hannah was nominated once for The Best of the Net in poetry, three times for the Pushcart Prize in Literature for poetry, once for the Pushcart Prize in Literature for fiction, once for the Million Writers Award for fiction, and once for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. 

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