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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: Nonfiction Storyteller Richard Adams Carey

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Richard Adams Carey wrote his 2015 book, “In the Evil Day: Violence Comes to One Small Town,” about the 1997 Colebrook, New Hampshire, shootings that claimed the lives of four people. Carey tells the story of a tragedy in a town of 2,500 people that made headlines worldwide….

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The Penmen Profile: Bestseller Robin Wasserman

by Rebecca LeBoeuf “Girls on Fire,” Robin Wasserman’s first adult novel, was named an NPR and a BuzzFeed Best Book of the Year in 2016. The book also received praise from the New York Times, the Associated Press, Booklist and Cosmopolitan, among many other positive reviews. A faculty member of…

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The Penmen Profile: Northern New England Author Merle Drown

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Merle Drown is the author of three novels and numerous flash fiction stories. “Lighting the World” (2015), Drown’s most recent book, pulled upon events that happened in his life and garnered praise from his peers, including best-selling authors Wiley Cash and John Searles. “The Suburbs Of Heaven”…

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The Penmen Profile: Environmental Nonfiction Author Amy Irvine

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Amy Irvine is an environmental nonfiction and memoir author. Her two books, “Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land” (2008) and “Making a Difference: Stories of How the Outdoor Industry and Individuals are Working to Preserve America’s Natural Places” (2001), have been praised in reviews by…

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The Penmen Profile: Highly Praised Author Ann Garvin

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Ann Garvin has been praised for the seamless humor and compassion found in her novels, “On Maggie’s Watch” (2010) and “The Dog Year” (2014). A third novel, “I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around,” will be released in June. “On Maggie’s Watch” achieved positive reviews from New York Times bestselling authors Jacquelyn Mitchard…

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The Penmen Profile: Award-Winning YA Novelist Jo Knowles

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Jo Knowles is an award-winning author of young adult and middle grade fiction novels. Her first novel, “Lessons From a Dead Girl” (2007), was presented with The Pen New England Children’s Book Discovery Award and named A New York Library Book for the Teen Age. Knowles’ middle grade fiction novel,…

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The Penmen Profile: Critically Acclaimed Author Benjamin Nugent

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Benjamin Nugent is the critically acclaimed author of “Good Kids” and “American Nerd.” His work has been widely published and is included in “The Unprofessionals: New American Writing from the Paris Review” (2015) and “Best American Short Stories 2014.” “Good Kids” (2013), described by many as a romantic comedy, has…

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The Penmen Profile: “Snow Island” Author Katherine Towler

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Katherine Towler is the author of the “Snow Island” trilogy, including “Snow Island,” “Evening Ferry” and “Island Light.” She co-edited “A God in the House: Poets Talk About Faith,” alongside Ilya Kaminsky. This March, her first memoir, “The Penny Poet of Portsmouth: A Memoir of Place, Solitude,…

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The Penmen Profile: Award-winning Novelist Wiley Cash

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Wiley Cash is a full-time novelist and author of two bestselling books, “This Dark Road to Mercy” and “A Land More Kind Than Home.” Published by William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers in 2014, “This Dark Road to Mercy” became a National Bestseller. It was selected as the UK’s Crime Writers’…

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The Penmen Profile: New Novelist Kelly Stone Gamble

By Amber E. Box Novelist Kelly Stone Gamble began writing in grade school, but her passion was put on the back burner as she pursued a different career. After years of nursing and a semester at law school, she found herself reevaluating what she wanted to do with her life,…

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