Mike Holtzman is an author, musician, artist and foreign policy expert whose life and work has brought him to conflict areas around the world, including stints in Venezuela, Syria, Iraq, and Libya. Mike’s writing aims to cast light on the people and places he has encountered, and on the charm, magic, and laws that make us human. His debut short story, 'The Death of Xavier', is a comedic roman-a-clef inspired by his life in Paris; it was awarded an 'Honourable Mention' by the international literary journal, 'Grain'. His follow-up, 'Paper Dolls of The East', draws on the author's experiences in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. Mike has also published two articles on current affairs in The New York Times. Mike was educated at The College of William and Mary, and he has served in the U.S. State Department and The Executive Office of the President of the United States. He founded two charities that conduct development work in Africa and Lebanon.
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