We all know that Kafka and Eliot toiled away at drab day jobs while penning their masterpieces. And it’s probably pretty common knowledge that writers like William Carlos Williams and Ted Kooser kept their literary life separate from their medical and insurance careers. But did you know that Kurt Vonnegut managed a Saab dealership!? Or that J.D. Salinger was the entertainment director on a cruise ship!?

If you want to put a smirk on your face, check out the always-entertaining Flavorwire’s article “Strange Day Jobs of Authors Before They Were Famous.

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is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

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