Originally from Shullsburg, Wisconsin Callen Harty now lives in Monona, Wisconsin with his life partner, Brian, and many pets. He is the author of the books My Queer Life, a collection of writings on living an authentic life as a gay man, and Empty Playground: A Survivor’s Story, a memoir about surviving child sex abuse. He has written two dozen plays and award-winning monologues. In addition his essays, articles, and poetry have appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and online sites. He is also a well-known LGBT rights activist in Wisconsin and an activist and speaker on child sex abuse survival.