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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Mystery Poetry

Born: 1964 in Geneva, Ohio



Illinois Connection

Whelpley lives in Chatham. He works in Springfield and manages an electric efficiency program for 32 cities across Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rodd seeks poetry in the everyday world. Early on, he hoped to be a fiction writer. He published a mystery novel, Capital Murder in 2002. In 2015, he began to write poetry in earnest. Since then, his poems have appeared in 2River View, Antiphon, The Chagrin River Review, Eunoia Review, Menacing Hedge, The Naugatuck River Review, Right Hand Pointing, Shot Glass Journal, Spillway, Star 82 Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. He has written a poetry chapbook, Catch as Kitsch Can and has edited Governing Illinois: Your Connection to State and Local Government.

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-- Whelpley was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.