Born in 1965 Duane Simolke is a writer interested in the history of Lubbock, Texas. He earned his PhD from Texas Tech
University in Lubbock in 1996. Simolke authored The Acorn Stories, Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure,
Holding Me Together, and The
Return of Innocence (with Toni Davis).
Simolke's works have been published in a
variety of journals, including nightFire, Mesquite,
Caprock Sun, Midwest Poetry Review, and the
International Journal on World Peace.
Openly gay, Simolke founded
the gay online newsletter "Rainbow Lubbock" in 1997.