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Lorin Lee Cary taught Labor and Social History at the University of Toledo and, as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. In addition to a number of articles and essays, he co-authored No Strength Without Union: Ohio Workers 1803-1980 (Ohio Historical Society, 1982) and Slavery in North Carolina, 1748-1776 (University of North Carolina Press, 1995). Both won the Ohio Academy of History's Distinguished Book Award.

Since 1994 Cary has been a member of the Cambria Writer's Workshop, one of the oldest critique groups in California. His stories have appeared in Corvus Review, Fiction on the Web, Horror Sleaze Trash, Impspired, 101 Words, and others. He published The Custer Conspiracy (Book Baby, 2009), California Dreaming (Scarlet Leaf, 2017), and (based on interviews with Lu Chi Fa) My Good Fortune: Memoir of a Chinese Orphan's Success in America (BookLocker, 2019). Quick and Quirky, Stories and Photos (2024) links his interests in flash fiction with his love of photography.

Cary's interest in photography began as a kid in a YMCA class and blossomed over the years. He has won awards in Nantucket, Massachusetts, Toledo, Ohio, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Cambria, California. Photos have been published in Typehouse Magazine, Crux, and Carolina Muse.