My name is Joel D. Hirst. I travel the lost places, and sometimes I write about it. My most recent work is “Dreams of the Defeated“, a play about a political prisoner in a dystopian land. My 4th novel “I, Charles, From the Camps” about a boy who was born in northern Uganda during the 25 year civil war and his attempts to make a life for himself, and why he fails – and why you or I would have done the same. I’ve also written “Lords of Misrule“, a story about the making and unmaking of a jihadist. My San Porfirio series, “The Lieutenant of San Porfirio” and its sequel “The Burning of San Porfirio“, are about socialist Venezuela. About how it collapsed and how it will be reborn. You can visit me at http://www.joelhirst.com or on facebook.