Bender, Volume 1
by Michael & David Frizell
|In the aftermath of the Civil War, the great westward expansion of America was fraught with dangers both overt and hidden. Along the Osage Trail outside the tiny village of Cherryvale, Kansas, the Bender Inn seemed a haven for weary travelers, and one could not help but be enchanted by Kate Bender, the mysterious and beautiful proprietor. However, visitors had a way of disappearing, and time has dubbed it “The Devil’s Inn.” In part one of a three-part serial, witness the construction of the inn and the formation of a partnership that would lead to unspeakable horrors in this true story of murder on the plains. (60 pages, Skye Press, 2017)|
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|Michael Frizell is an educator, writer, public speaker, and performer. He received his BA in Theatre from College of the Ozarks, where he was the recipient of the Jean Cantwell scholarship for performance. While there, he performed in over forty productions as well as worked in Branson, Missouri, as a stand-up comedian, an actor in The Shepherd of the Hills outdoor drama, and many, many more. He was the writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Reader’s Theatre Parody (with A Class Act Productions), for two seasons. For Harvest Moon Productions, he is the writer of Star Trek: Live in Springfield and Star Trek: The Next Generation Live in Springfield.
He also holds an MA in Theatre from Southwest Missouri State University, an MA in Creative Writing from Missouri State University, and a MFA in Creative Writing – Nonfiction from the University of Arkansas – Monticello.
Michael currently serves as the Director of Student Learning Services at Missouri State University. In that capacity, he is co-director of the Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing), where he is the Director of the Writing Center, providing support for classes, departments, and organizations on all aspects of creative and academic writing. He is also the Director of the Peer Assisted Study Session Program. PASS is designed to assist students in classes where the D, F, or Withdrawal rate is at or around 30%. His unit supports close to forty classes each semester. He is also the Director and creator of the Absent Professor Program, providing effective workshops which focus on student success.
In his spare time, he is a frequent performer at the Lander’s Theatre, the main stage at Springfield Little Theatre, and has appeared in local commercials. Favorite roles include Michael in God of Carnage, Gary in I Hate Hamlet, Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker, The Old Man in A Christmas Story (a role he’s performed twice), and Wardell in Sordid Lives. Recently, he performed with children’s poet and writer David Harrison in David Harrison and Friends for The Resident Artist’s Ensemble.
He has a son, Tristan, who is a chemist, and a step-daughter, Katherine, who holds a degree in Global Studies. He and his wife, Julia, a high school English teacher, reside in Springfield, Missouri.