Waiting for the Last Bus
• In Montgomery in the 60s he hopped a freight train to-well, to the other end of the yard where his boxcar was unhooked and left to sit. He and Ronnie drank bourbon in the rain while sitting at Hank Williams' grave singing those songs and quoting Robert Burns. He missed too many classes in college because they were interfering with learning a new Tom Paxton, Hank Williams, or Bob Dylan song. He'd have married Joan Baez. (Truth be known, he'd have married Bob Dylan too; it was a confusing time.) He has received the South Carolina Arts Commission's Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry twice, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award (George Mason University), the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize from the University of North Texas Press, the South Carolina Academy of Authors Fellowship, the John Williams Andrews Narrative Poetry Prize from Poet Lore, the Distinguished Research Award from The College of Charleston (2007), and a Pushcart (XXXII, 2008)He has given readings and performed in a number of venues, from open mics to university writers' series, including, recently, Callanwolde Arts Center in Atlanta, Iota Club and Café in Washington, DC, and in August of 2005, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. A rare blend of humor and musical talent! He entertained with poetry and song and kept a tough audience of 70 in his spell for two hours. We are counting the days until he makes his return.-Will Moredock, Social Justice Committee Newsletter, Unitarian Church.