Djelloul Marbrook was born in Algiers to an American painter and a Bedouin father. He grew up in New York City, never having known his father. On the subject of education, at least, he agrees with Jamaica Kincaid: before the age of twenty-one, aspiring writers should read only dead Englishmen (and women). He has worked as a soda jerk, newspaper hawker, messenger, and theatre and nightclub concessionaire in Manhattan, and as a merchant seaman and Navy boatswain. His newspaper reporting and editing career includes 'The Providence Journal', 'The Baltimore Sun', 'The Winston-Salem Journal', and the late 'Washington Star'. Djelloul and his wife Marilyn lived on a sailboat for eleven years, coming ashore in 1989. Alice Miller's Room is Djelloul's first work for Online Originals. You can read about his other writing at www.djelloulmarbrook.com. A short story by Djelloul, 'Artists Hill', was awarded first prize in fiction in 2008 by Literal Latté, the New York City literary journal. Djelloul's first book of poems, 'Far From Algiers', published by Kent State University Press, was the 2007 Stan and Tom Wick Prize winner.