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As a self-described disciple of Henry David Thoreau, Bob McDiarmid is both a writer and an activist.

He works very hard to live an uncomplicated life in complicated times.


Bob resides in Palo Alto, CA with his husband David. An avid cyclist, he has participated several years in AIDS Lifecycle, a 550-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles and the Friends for Life Bike Rally from Toronto to Montreal, Canada. In the spirit of giving back to the community, the entirety of his royalties are donated back to HIV/AIDS charities.

Bob is the author of several titles including The House of Wolves from Lethe Press, Brief Moments – A Collection of Short Stories from CreateSpace, Milton and the Morning Monk from LiftBooks in Spring 2017 and the hilarious short novella, The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Getting Over Yourself in 2018 from CreateSpace. His new collection of short fiction, Esoteric Minutaie debuted in October 2022.

Bob also moderates the popular Microfictionville microfiction club on Facebook. 

Bob is a home chef with a passion for food. He also serves as Board President of the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers' Market. You can find him on instagram as "stuffayoface".