Nayland Blake is an artist. They were born in 1960 in New York City and live there now, after taking a fourteen year sojourn in California. Since 2002, they have been employed as the chair at the ICP/Bard MFA program. For ten years, they shared their home with Lehigh, a very self possessed Boston Terrier. In 2005 they paid off their student loans. Here is their wikipedia entry.
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