The Big Idea


I grew up transient and in poverty all over the United States. My Afro-Euro blended family lived in housing projects, trailer parks, and were homeless for a time. I dropped out of high school to wash dishes, but after a few years I got a GED and went to college. Today, I write and teach. Also, I am a Kentucky Colonel.


Prison Cell MP3 (6:41 min)

Recorded on July 14, 2006 at the Naropa Summer Writing Program. If you have good speakers you can hear poet Luis Valadez playing bass in the background.
The is an excerpt from a short story that contains explicit language and strong violent images.
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