BkMk Press Books

Eyes Open in the Dark

8 Essays

by Beasley, Conger Jr.

Price: $14.45, 120 pages

ISBN: 9781886157057, 1996

Conger Beasley's writing is so close to the voice of the casual conversation that as I moved through these marvelous essays I could almost believe we were sitting across from one another in some roadside café as he told his tales of travel and encounter. . . . What Conger Beasley has given us here are eight essays that start off like trafel pieces, develop like good short stories, and often end like poetry at its best. --Miller Williams

With the utterly magical Eyes Open in the Dark, Conger Beasley, Jr. places himself securely in the ranks of the finest essayists working in the United States today. --Norman Zollinger

Conger Beasley, Jr., was born in St. Joseph, Missouri. From 1970 to 1982, he was an editor at Universal Press Syndicate and Andrews & McMeel in Kansas City. He has published two novels, three volumes of poetry, and two collections of short fiction. A collection of essays, Sun Dancers and River Demons, received the Thorpe Menn Award in 1991 for best book by a Kansas City-area author. His latest book, We Are a People in This World: The Lakota Sioux and the Massacre at Wounded Knee, received the 1995 Western Writers of America Spur Award.


Published 1996

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