Caught between the tales and traditions of his tribe and the ever-encroaching world of the White Man, Lonely Cricket must figure out how to live, whom to love, and most difficult of all who he really is. As Lonely Cricket battles to find himself, the twists and turns of his story reveal more about his background than he ever expected to know. See the Book Trailer!
Two stories that reach into the primordial well of terror. Who among us can laugh at death? Who can hear the strange noises of the night and not hug their blankets just a bit tighter? “Bela” and “Sometimes You Can Hear ’em”: totally different tales, but both hit the human panic button. See the Book Trailer!
When I met Umar Abdul on Facebook, I hardly expected the result of this internet friendship to be a play. Ashes is the story of a contemporary Black American’s journey to Nigeria to return his father’s ashes to the land from which their ancestors had been sold into slavery. The resulting mix of cultures is at once humorous, life-changing, and filled with emotion.
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A New Englander by birth and disposition and trained as a psychologist and minister, Ken Weene has worked as an educator and psychotherapist. Besides writing, Ken's earlier interests included whitewater rafting, travel, and playing paintball.
Ken's short stories and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. An anthology of his writings, Songs for my Father, was published by Inkwell Productions. Three of Ken's novels and a set of two short stories are published by All Things That Matter Press. Another novel, Broody New Englander, has just been published. His next book, a crime novel "Times To Try the Soul of Man," will be coming soon.
Now in semi-retirement, Ken and his wife live in Arizona. There Ken has been able to indulge his passion for writing and enjoying life.
I love to write not just novels but short stories, essays, and poetry. I hope that my writing will evoke feelings, elicit thinking, provoke anger and sometimes call forth laughter and tears. Here I share a variety of pieces that I hope will entertain and rouse you.
For years I have worked as a psychotherapist in order to help people make their lives better. While I am officially retired, I still take a few clients and am considering writing a book on families. You can learn more about my services and approach under this tab.
My wonderful wife, Roz, is a gifted if eccentric artist. Some of her work is social commentary, but more of it is off-beat and whimsical. Yes, her paintings are for sale and at a reasonable cost. However, no matter how much she may make you laugh, her sense of humor stays with me.
Because they matter to me, I also share pieces by some of my dear friends. By the way, if you write and want to be included in that section, contact me. In fact, no matter what your reactions to my writing, please let me know.
Short stories and poetry not only challenge me but also enrich me as a writer. Sometimes, I indulge in flash and even micro fiction and other times longer stories. Some of my poetry is free verse and some is formal. To all of them I bring determination to hone my craft and a love of the written word.