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I Had A Nightmare Last Night

by Gil Hoy I had a nightmare last night A nightmare deeply rooted in an American nightmare Where churches and schools theaters and city streets were dying Where military weapons were firing into unsuspecting innocent crowds Tentwentythirtyfortyfifty pigeons intheblinkofaneye I awoke in a terrified sweat as bleeding children wailed and cried and screamed…

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The Penmen Profile: New Novelist Siobhan Fallon

by Kristin Duckworth Siobhan Fallon’s debut novel, “The Confusion of Languages,” takes place in the American embassy community in Jordan during the Arab Spring – a setting Fallon knows well, having been stationed there with her husband. Fallon drew on her own experiences and observations to tell the story of…

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The Penmen Profile: YA Fiction Author Ryan Graudin

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Ryan Graudin, a young adult fiction author, just wrapped up her weeklong tour celebrating the Sept. 26 publication of her latest novel, “Invictus.” The tale, which garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly, follows Far, the son of a time-traveler. Far fails his time-traveling exam, crushing his…

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The Penmen Profile: Graphic Artist and Novelist Mira Jacob

Rebecca LeBoeuf When a young woman returns home to find her father talking to dead relatives, she realizes there are secrets that have been haunting her family, stemming from a trip to India that was cut short 20 years prior. Mira Jacob’s debut novel, “The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing,” was…

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The Penmen Profile: Theater Director Gary Beck

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Gary Beck’s wide array of creative writing skills has led to the publication of his poetry, fiction and essays in hundreds of literary magazines. Along with publishing 11 chapbooks, he spent a majority of his adult life as a theater director and had original plays and the…

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The Penmen Profile: New York Times Best Seller Anton DiSclafani

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Anton DiSclafani has continued to grow her roots in the historical fiction genre after her debut novel, “The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls,” hit the New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. Her latest novel, “The After Party” (2016), takes place in Texas during the 1950s,…

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The Penmen Profile: Literary Fiction Writer Marcy Dermansky

by Rebecca LeBoeuf The paperback edition of “The Red Car,” a New York Times Editor’s Choice Pick written by author Marcy Dermansky, was released on Sept. 12. After the sudden death of a friend, Leah, the novel’s main character, inherits a red sports car. Getting away from her unhappy life…

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The Penmen Profile: Higher Education Writer Julie Schumacher

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Author Julie Schumacher draws from her own experiences as a professor to produce hilarious pieces about working in higher education. Schumacher’s most recent contribution was “Doodling for Academics,” where she joined illustrator Lauren Nassef to create a coloring and activity book. The 96 pages are “designed to…

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The Penmen Profile: Bestselling Novelist Kevin Wilson

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Kevin Wilson’s third book, “Perfect Little World,” hit stores this year and has since been commended by the Washington Post, NPR, GQ and Entertainment Weekly, among others, and earned stared reviews from Booklist and Kirkus. “Perfect Little World” follows a young, single mother and her son who…

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The Penmen Profile: Irish Author Ethel Rohan

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Irish author Ethel Rohan’s debut novel, “The Weight of Him,” follows the journey of an obese man attempting to turn his life around and finding support in his community after a loved one’s suicide. Rohan’s Irish roots shine through in the landscape for this book and in…

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Spotlight: “Appointment with ISIL” Author Joe Giordano

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Since the last time The Penmen Review caught up with Joe Giordano in 2015, the author has been hard at work on his latest novel, “Appointment with ISIL: An Anthony Provati Thriller,” which was released in June. Shifting away from the historical fiction genre, Provati tried his…

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