One of my poems won the faculty division in the Malcolm X College Annual Poetry Contest for the second year in a row. Don’t get too excited; last year I was the only contestant. This year there were six other entries, so my photocopied certificate should say something more than “Participant.” Read it and weep, suckas!

I don’t have time to climb this tree
I’ve somewhere else I need to be
and what if I should fall?
I’m not a youngster after all
What if I were paralyzed
or a thorny branch poked out my eyes
or a neighbor lady walking by
saw me sitting way up high?
She’d have to pretend she didn’t know me
How embarrassing that would be
Maybe I’ll climb a little way
and save the rest for another day
Hey!
Now I remember what trees are for
so maybe I’ll climb a little more
From way up here I can see the rush
as people join the commuter crush
They hurry to work
but they’re longing to play
I think I’ll stay up here all day

WYCC has posted the interview with yours truly that aired during their recent Mystery Marathon. Greg King asks me all the right questions. WARNING- do not watch while operating heavy machinery! It’s up in three parts. Here’s part two- https://youtu.be/l0LPfxWU5ZY

It really is a beautiful planet.
Stewards of the Earth?

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GlobalWarming/

Tune in to broadcast channel 20 on Sunday, April 5th at 6:30 pm Central time for WYCC’s Mystery Marathon. They’re showing the final episode of Poirot, and interviewing yours truly during the breaks!
Poirot and Me

Here’s another little gem that hasn’t been seen in over twenty years. I entered it in a couple of festivals, but it was never accepted—certainly not the fault of the wonderful actors and crew who donated their time. George’s Ghost. Check it out. https://youtu.be/l2E00mqUzHo

Local authors Tim Chapman, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Diane Piron-Gelman, and J. Michael Major will read and discuss the short story form. They will also be available to sign their latest books.
Sunday, March 8th at 3:00 pm
Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore
7419 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 771-7243
www.centuriesandsleuths.com

The always amazing Libby Hellmann interviews me, Amy Alessio and Patricia Skalka.
http://bit.ly/18f4WJ8

Love Is Murder (aint it da trooth)

2015 Lovey Award

 

“What We Do For Love,” one of the stories from Kiddieland and other misfortunes, recently won the 2015 Lovey award for Best Short Story.

Chicago Mystery Writers Celebrate Short StoriesLocal authors Tim Chapman, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Diane Piron-Gelman, and J. Michael Major will read and discuss the short story form. They will also be available to sign their latest books.
Sunday, March 8th at 3:00 pm
Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore
7419 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 771-7243
www.centuriesandsleuths.com