Meet spinster Deona Martindill and join her search, via her nightly “visits” from poet lovers with blinking eyes, for the man who will recognize the core beauty hidden beneath the public masking. Will it be Claude Turner, “Prince of the Gypsies”? Will Miss Deona’s parrot and her harelipped companion, Sutie Branch, remain part of the “masking”? Will Miss Deona’s young neighbor, “Miss Bird” Barnes, and her two Black compatriots (Joe Tuck and Henrie Leigh) find the reputed Martindill treasure? What happens when the KKK intervenes?
Tonight I Lie with William Cullen Bryant is literary fiction with touches of Southern Gothic, “coming-of-
How did this odd book come to be? See the writer’s tell-all Preface.
Former college president Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler has published, in academics, 5 books and 65+ articles and has edited 20 books/proceedings and 3 national journals. She set up what is thought to be the first microcomputer laboratory in the U.S. for teaching writing and pioneered in computer-assisted composition [her coinage]. From c. 1983, she consulted and provided keynote addresses, talks, and workshops on academic computing at conferences across the country and for organizations (e.g., the AEtna Institute for Corporate Education, the IBM Academic Computing Conference). She later pioneered in the adaptation of Deming and Total Quality to higher education.
As a creative writer, she has written 40 plays; published 8 poetry chapbooks,
4 full-length poetry collections, 100+ short stories (one in Del Sol Press’s Best of 2004: The Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology), a novella, and a short story collection; and has other novels forthcoming.
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