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I Think I’ll Drop You Off In Deadwood
Non-fiction account of my six-month, eight-thousand mile hitchhiking trip across America. It is also a compelling view of the country that could not be accessed any other way. The stories collected in the nation’s passenger seat were surprisingly intimate. Hitchhiking is unlike any other form of transportation in that you surrender control of your destiny and are literally along for the ride. Living without any sense of destiny or security transforms a person. The book is also an attempt to understand what changed in me after six months of not knowing where I would sleep each night. Published by Cherokee Press and reviewed favorably.
Murphy, North Carolina (Upcoming)
A novel about the melee that ensues when a random collection of lost urban dwellers free-fall into a romantic notion of authentic Appalachia, and in so doing, keep the locals from ever again living the lives they once knew. The book was inspired during my fourteen years of living in the mountains writing and producing my play, “The Reach of Song.” Although set in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the book describes a form of social displacement that happens wherever suburban isolation and alienation scatters disoriented inhabitants to idyllic rural settings that seem to offer an authentic life. This narrative played out in this particular town through the Eric Rudolph saga.
Locations: Murphy, North Carolina
The Rise And Fall Of The South Georgia Renaissance And Of America’s Best Ex-President
An essay about Jimmy Carter’s post presidency as seen from events in his hometown, and the local transformation inspired by his improbable ascent. Habitat for Humanity was created in his county independent of him, but rose to international status through the President’s involvement. Also, a number of remarkable local initiatives happened independent of him but inspirited by his success. Eventually, it all came crashing down. Carter’s eminence faded through his controversial positions and his disputes with seated presidents. Habitat moved to Atlanta. The local initiatives began to unravel. This essay was awarded second place at the Mayborn Literary Non-Fiction Conference that featured writers Mary Karr and Mark Bowden. It was published in Ten Spurs: The Best of the Best from the Literary Nonfiction of the Mayborn Conference.
Locations: Plains, GA
Tourist: A Literary Journey Around The World (Upcoming)
A short story collection that tours the world articulating the desperate aspects of travel. Characters who have traveled too much, or those who really shouldn’t have set off to begin with, wander into distant and unfamiliar locations where they discover things about themselves they otherwise would not have known. Tourist brings the reader across the world and back, providing an intimate glimpse into out-of-the-way locations. It has something for those who want to travel, something for those who have traveled too much, and something for those who are just searching. These stories were finalized at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference through work with Pulitzer Prize nominated authors Christine Schutt and Tim O’Brien.
Locations: Hong Kong, Macedonia, New Zealand, India, The Philippines, Thailand, and The Dominican Republic
Goalie accesses that precarious point in an adolescent life when he or she first stops to think. It is about the resultant separation from peers and also the sense of possibility as one gets a glimpse beyond the momentum of his or her life. It is a time when old habits and old friends don’t seem to make sense anymore, cascading out of the high school rituals that allowed for the safety of being dazed and confused. Goalie is about the loneliness and the adventure of intellectual maturation. Moved from Oregon to an industrial city along a Great Lake, the relocation exacerbates and perhaps sets off the main character’s separation. He is followed into this new place by an imaginary band of Oregon Trial Pioneers. Having seen behind the curtain of the Westward Expansion myth while living among those who attempted to perpetrate it, he knows that these were a people whose main cause of death was accidentally shooting themselves with the firearms they apparently didn’t quite know how to use. Their imaginary presence helps to further define the increasing absurdity of a life he seems to be floating above. Ultimately, he finds a calling between the bars of a hockey net where the constant drilling of pucks forces him to be present and acts as a metaphor for all he must turn aside in order to embrace this new stage of life.
Locations: Rochester, New York