Summary: political activist and author whose first novel at age 27 won him comparisons to William Faulkner and John Steinbeck, which he received literary acclaim after the 1998 publication of his first novel Lord of the Barnyard: Killing of the Fatted Cow that detailed a manic tale about a Kentucky farm boy, but whose second book became a frenetic love story called Skirt and the Fiddle and was published in 2002 before his third novel Kornwolf (about a werewolf in Amish country) is slated for release next year, and who was also known in Pennsylvania as the leader of the Smoketown Six, in which a group of men were arrested during a visit by President Bush in July 2004 when they stripped down a thong underwear and formed a human pyramid to protest the Abu Gharib prison-abuse scandal.
Cause of Death: Suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound
Born: December 19, 1971
Died: May 7, 2005
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania