July 10, 2020
Praise for Still A Man, Lillian Smith Award Finalist and Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist:
“This is art the way it’s supposed to be. These stories are leavened with a wisdom that makes literature the power that it is and its characters will haunt both the culture and your imagination. Cherry is a master of the word, providing light in darkness, dropping knowledge and taking no prisoners.“
— Arthur Flowers, Another Good Loving Blues
Excerpt: A black college student working as a janitor in a nursing home witnesses an old Klansman’s confession:
“…Pete had tears in his eyes. Emmylou Harris was cooing and clapping her hands when Demarco walked away.
Pete lunged from his chair and seized Demarco by the arm.
“Will you stop runnin’ in and out of here like a sumbitch and get it over with? Stop the fuckin’ games, Eldrige.”
“I have to clean up this bathroom, Mr. Williams.” Demarco stared at the contrast of his black skin under restraint by a white hand. “Let go.”
“Kill me, Eldrige.”
“You’re already dead, man…”
–from “Ghosts of Salvation”
James E Cherry is the author of two novels, three volumes of poetry and a collection of short fiction. His latest novel, Edge of the Wind, was a Foreword Review 2016 Book of the Year Finalist for Fiction. Cherry has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Texas at El Paso and has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award, a Lillian Smith Book Award and a Next Generation Indie Book Award. He is an Adjunct Professor of English at the University of Memphis-Lambuth and resides in Tennessee with his wife, Tammy. Visit him at http://www.jamesEcherry.com.