Fatou Jaw Manneh: Dame of the Flaming Pen

Q: What motivated or inspired you to write?A: Political stagnation at that time, corruption and nepotism mainly motivated me. I also believe that no human being should sit on… More

Letter for Steve Champion

I am writing on behalf of Steve Champion, who I've spoken to this morning (April 15, 2007). He is in Orange, California for a court date, which is why… More


Kill bugs dead. Redundancy is syntactical overkill. A pinprick of peace at the end of the tunnel of a nightmare night in a roach motel. Their noise infects the… More

The Theater of Night

Explaining a HusbandThey say two people aren’t always two people.That’s what I’ve heard. Sometimes, two people,They’re the same person in two places.And it’s not that they have to love… More

Tribute to John Steinbeck

Studs Terkel: The More Things ChangeIt’s Steinbeck’s prophetic touch, that touch of clairvoyance, which makes his book so pertinent today. In 1989 I found myself on a farm in… More

On Music, Writing, and Being Moved

Saturday mornings in my early ’70s, Alabama childhood home were weekly cleaning time. My mother would turn the oldies station on the radio, break out the mop bucket, cleaning… More

The Higher Power of Lucky

Lucky Trimble crouched in a wedge of shade behind the Dumpster. Her ear near a hole in the paint-chipped wall of Hard Pan's Found Object Wind Chime Museum and… More

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