About the Author



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Born just a few miles from the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina, Bob Jenkins grew up as a “service kid,” moving from post to post, following his fighter pilot father from Florida to Hawaii, acquiring that worldly attitude common to his tribe (marine brats).  Naturally, he followed in his father’s footsteps, joining the Marines at seventeen, seeing service in Asia and Europe, and surviving two combat tours in Viet Nam.

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Returning to civilian life, he enrolled in the School of Theatre at Florida State University, earned a bachelor’s degree in two years, jumped the master’s, and entered the PhD program at FSU in dramatic criticism, squeezing in between his academic studies: two seasons of summer stock, and a year of acting and directing in New York at the Harry Chapin Theatre.

In 1975 Jenkins secured a faculty position at San Jose State University where he worked his way up through the ranks during a twenty-five year career, serving as Associate Dean of Humanities and Arts, Director of Theatre Productions, and Chairman of the Department of Television, Film, Radio, and Drama.  During his tour of academic duty, he free-lanced as an actor, director, and playwright.

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Somewhere along the way, Jenkins developed an fascination in storytelling, evolving that interest into a professional storytelling career that paralleled his faculty life at SJSU.  He was twice-featured as a headliner at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee, and he has performed at most of America’s major storytelling events.

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He lives with Christine, his wife of thirty-six years (m.1979), at Lake of the Pines in northern California.  Bob and Christine (“CJ”) have one son, Luke, also a former Marine, who served with distinction if Afghanistan.

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Bob Jenkins has published stories, albums of stories, and articles.  His children’s plays have been professionally produced.   The four volumes of Daughters of the Kali Yuga are his first novels.