If I Die Before You Wake
by Steven Lewis
Steven Lewis is a former Mentor at SUNY-Empire State College, current member of the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute faculty, and longtime freelancer. His work has been published widely, from the notable to the beyond obscure, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, LA Times, Ploughshares, Narratively, Spirituality & Health and a biblically long list of parenting publications (7 kids, 16 grandkids). He is a Contributing Writer at Talking Writing and Literary Ombudsman for 650: Where Writers Read. His books include Zen and the Art of Fatherhood, Fear and Loathing of Boca Raton, a novel, Take This, and a generational sequel, Loving Violet, to be published by Codhill Press in summer 2017.
Steve writes, “During much of the 1960s I was writing self-indulgent poetry in Madison, Wisconsin—mostly to meet girls—but somewhere along the way the poet James Hazard gave me a flashlight to navigate my way through the self-reflective shadows and into what I now understand is the illuminating voice. It is the most valuable gizmo in the battered tool chest I carry daily up to my writing space in the Shawangunk Mountains and into workshops in New York’s Hudson Valley and the windy beaches of Hatteras Island, NC.” www.stevelewiswriter.com