photo of Jesse Sisken in CreteMy first visit to Crete led to additional exploratory trips nearly every year since. It also led me to concentrated study of both its history and the creative writing skills required to craft the stories of this trilogy.

I enrolled in formal and independent study courses in the Classics Department of the University of Kentucky and in 2002 participated in an on-site course on The Archaeology of Ancient Greece taught by Professors John Younger and Paul Rehak of Kansas University (see photos from trip).

To strengthen my skills as a writer of fiction, I have studied creative writing with Kim Edwards (The Memory Keeper’s Daughter), Lynn Prewitt (Ruby River) and Neil Chethik (VoiceMale and Father Loss) among others. This website is about my new career.

Academic Background

A.B. Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
M.S. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Ph.D. Columbia University, New York, NY


City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, CA
University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY

Academic/Scientific Interests

Cell Biology and Genetics

Scientific Publications

55 Peer-reviewed research papers
10 Book chapters
2 Book Reviews

Other Current Interests and Activities

Ancient History, Skiing and Glider Flying.