INTO THE MIND OF AN AUTHOR: BRANDT LEGG from Examiner.com   Tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you’d like your readers to know: At eight-years-old, in a small motel room, I watched my father die. That moment shaped me more than any other, until the day I was sentenced to prison. My mother, [...]

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I’m parked in a folding chair in a dollhouse of a YWCA gym, sitting on the sideline, wearing my official NBA-logo socks. Voices rise and fall, sneakers squeak, a ball pounds the vintage hardwood floor—the familiar sounds mingle in the stuffy humid air with the smells of floor wax and ammonia and the rising stink [...]

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The red second hand travels along the familiar white face of the schoolroom clock in my office… tick… tick… tick… audible and inexorable, stopping so diligently at each and every hash mark before moving on to the next, the sound resonating through the gathering quiet of my solitary evening like a steady heartbeat, bringing to [...]

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Hear the interview with Neil Haley on Total Education Radio http://www.mixcloud.com/neilshaley/mike-sager/

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I remember always wanting a horse. Being six, seven, eight years old, wearing my cowboy hat and boots and a pair of mini­–six shooters, the holster’s rawhide anchor straps chafing my thighs. “Happy Birthday” is sung. My dad is a veteran of glee clubs; he loves to harmonize. Happy birth-day to youuuuuuuuu. And then my [...]

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“THE NEXT WAVE: MAGAZINE JOURNALISTS MAKING A MARK” Appearing on City Hall Stage with Candice Dyer, panel moderated by Tom Junod. http://www.decaturbookfestival.com/2013/schedule/event-details.php?id=6

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from Esquire.com: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/albert-murray-dies?click=news&src=spr_TWITTER&spr_id=20280901 When I was a senior at Emory University, Albert Murray was a writer in residence, my creative writing teacher for a semester. I didn’t know much about him before he came. We didn’t have Google in those days, and kids weren’t so sophisticated; the world was a lot smaller for all of us. [...]

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