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#11:June 2005

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Fiction: The Liberation of Gabriel King

by KL Going (for ages 8 to 12) Chapter  1 – Under the Picnic Table  My best friend Frita Wilson once told me that some people were born chicken. “Ain’t nothing gonna make them brave,” she’d said. “But others, they just need a little liberatin’ that’s all.” Least that’s how Frita told it. If you’d […]

Fiction: Lucky Green

by Charles R. Smith The following excerpt comes from my novel-in-progress titled Chameleon. While it is based on many of my experiences growing up in Compton, California, it is still a work of fiction. The chapter excerpted here begins with the boys coming out of a kung fu movie.  Three of the boys continue to […]

Memoir: Josie Teaches Me America

by: L. Kharshiing “Young lady, I’m going to the A&P,” announced Josie.“All right, mommy,” I replied. “What will you buy today?” “Ummm, pizza and ice cream,” said Josie. Basket in hand, she set off for the living room. The A&P was by the window, the toy store by the TV, and the pizza parlor near […]

Fiction: The Cold

by Jeffery Battersby Edmund Graves stumbled from the entrance of his workplace toward the train station that stood one hundred steps across the street. His hands, un-gloved, fell loosely into the pockets of his overcoat in an attempt to shield them from the bitter January air. He pulled his head in tight against his shoulders […]

Beacon Voices: Jo Pitkin

by Kazim Ali Jo Pitkin, a Cold Spring resident, is a poet who has published in many national journals, including Ironwood, Nimrod, and Quarterly West. She received her MFA from the renowned Writersí Workshop at the University of Iowa and was the very first paid staff member of the acclaimed poetry press Alice James Books. […]

Letter to the Editor: New Library Worth the Cost

John Steel wrote a letter to the editor in last month’s Beacon Dispatch about the upcoming referendum to create a new Howland Public Library.  As President of the Board of Trustees, I have been asked to address his concerns.  First of all, this project will cost taxpayers an estimated $9.2 million, not the ‘almost $11 […]

Editorial: A Home For Writing

There’s a symbiotic relationship between the visual and the literary arts; a kind of psychic tie that’s similar to the relationship between quartz and gold. Simply, if you see a vibrant community of artists it’s very likely that just beneath the surface you’ll also find an equally vibrant collection of writers, poets, and playwrights. But, […]


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