Jason E. Hodges grew up the youngest of seven children. On a janitor’s income supplemented by the family’s backyard garden his father taught his children the value of hard work and determination. These lessons of pushing forward during difficult times his parents learned while growing up during the Great Depression. Jason was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age and would need these tools of perseverance if he was ever going to make it as a writer. His first published work came in 1994. Now his poetry, prose, and quotes have been read all over the world. Along with his books and blog, The Dirt Worker’s Journal, Jason has made a lasting impression on the writing community. When The Cedars Shade Your Grave, his fifth book, is a beautifully crafted refection of the day-to-day life of this contemporary writer and poet.