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Bill Mares, raised in Texas, educated at Harvard, has been a reporter-photographer, state legislator and high school teacher. He has authored or co-authored 17 books ranging from the Marine Corps to workplace democracy, from war memorials to Presidential fishing. With UVM Professor Frank Bryan he wrote four books of Vermont humor including the best-selling “Real Vermonters Don’t Milk Goats.” Together with cartoonist Jeff Danziger Mares assembled almost a score of Vermonters’ responses to the 2016 Election. About “The Full Vermonty,” Cong. Peter Welch wrote: People are always asking me: Peter, what can I do about Trump and what’s going on in Washington? My answer: Read this book. It’s a marvelous collection of wit, wisdom, passion and bite on how Vermont should react to the Trump administration. I’m proud to represent these writers and artists in Washington.” Mares is married to Chris Hadsel. They have two sons and live in Burlington.

Jeff Danziger was born in New York City. He attended the University of Denver and following graduation moved to Vermont. After Vietnam as a linguist and intelligence officer, Jeff began drawing and writing for the Rutland Herald and in 1980 began as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News, moving to the Christian Science Monitor in Boston where he was staff cartoonist until 1996. He has published ten books of cartoons, and one novel about the Vietnam War, Rising Like the Tucson, Doubleday 1993. His artwork and occasional writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New Yorker, the International Herald Tribune, LeMonde, Izvestia and the Moscow Times among others, and on the Washington Post editorial page on September 12, 2001. In 2002 he joined the New York Times Syndicate. He has been twice short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize and was awarded an Overseas Press Club Prize in 1998.