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Forthcoming New comic novella From Tickfaw to Shongaloo, sole Runner-up in the 2014 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, judged by Moira Crone – release date June 1, 2015 from Southeast Missouri State University Press.

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From Tickfaw to Shongaloo is a comic Southern tale told in the first person by Raylene, a local gossip in little Stokely, Louisiana. Bert Dilly the postmaster (we learn, has been spreading town gossip like everyone else), fueled by his habit of being a little too involved with the local mail (opened or not). A disgruntled maiden lady writes a scathing letter of complaint, which is reported to the stat postmaster, and Bert’s brother, J.T., accuses Bert of mental incompetence (he wants the family land). Bert is replaced until the charges can be taken up by a federal court in Baton Rouge.

Most of the town rallies around Bert, but the hearing devolves into a kangaroo court, turning citizens against each other, egged on by a crooked lawyer who crumbles when the whole matter blows up in his face, through his own arrogance and ignorance of certain facts (crazy as they were). After three days of ridiculous testimony and unreliable evidence, the judge must make his landmark decision about Bert, the mail, and gossip in Stokely, Louisiana—where the townsfolk can hardly wait to exchange their own versions of honest truth.

            Dixon Hearne has taken up the estimable mantle of Southern comic writers that stretches back to George Washington Harris and Mark Twain. Digressions are the sunshine of this hilarious novella, and you’ll be reminded of Eudora Welty and Laurence Sterne. I haven’t laughed so hard since A Confederacy of Dunces.

John Dufresne, author of Louisiana Power and Light and No Regrets, Coyote

             Dixon Hearne gives us From Tickfaw to Shongaloo and a narrator who lets loose memorable torrent of small town gossip and innuendo that will make your head spin.

Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life and Going Away Shoes

             With From Tickfaw to Shongaloo, Dixon Hearne presents a literary farce sung to us in a hilarious, yet authentic, voice. There are eccentric characters by the bus-full in this novella, and that makes for one wild and sidesplitting ride.

Skip Horack, author of The Other Joseph, The Eden Hunter, and The Southern Cross

            His novella has enough eccentrics to start five freak shows, a very nosy postmaster, a town that rallies to defend their crazies, and three days of testimony in a Baton Rouge courthouse meant to keep everybody in one small town in everyone else’s business until the end of time. Good writing and quirky characters.

Moira Crone, author of The Not Yet, What Gets into Us and The Ice Garden

       

    

Dixon Hearne teaches and writes in the American South. Much of his writing draws greatly from the rich images in his daily life growing up along the graceful river traces and bayous in West Monroe, Louisiana. After many years of university teaching and writing for research journals, his interests turned toward fiction and poetry—and the challenge of writing in a different voice.

He is the author of several recent books, including Native Voices, Native Lands and Plantatia: High-toned and Lowdown Stories of the South—nominee for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award and winner of the Creative Spirit Award-Platinum for best general fiction book. His work has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has received numerous other honors. He is editor of several recent anthologies, including A Quilt of Holidays. His work can be found widely in magazines, journals, and anthologies, including  Oxford American, New Orleans Review, Louisiana Literature, Big Muddy, Cream City Review, Wisconsin Review, Post Road, New Plains Review, Weber-Contemporary West, Mature Living, Woodstock Revisited, The Southern Poetry Anthology: Louisiana, and elsewhere.

He has a new novella forthcoming from Southeast Missouri State University Press and is currently at work on new short story and poetry collections—as well as a series of interviews with American writers. He is a frequent presenter and an invited speaker at the Louisiana Book Festival and other events.

 

Contact Dixon Hearne at jdixonhearne@gmail.com

      

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Fleur de Lit

Belle Reve Literary Journal

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