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Modest Aspirations

Gerald Locklin (Poems) & Beth Wilson (Stories)

Genre: Poetry & Stories, Trade Paper. Publisher: Lummox Press (PO Box 5301 San Pedro, CA 90733-5301) Pages: 144. ISBN: 978-1-929878-08-6.

USA Price: $15 + $3 Shipping. Canada-Mexico Price: $15 +$5 Shipping. WORLD Price: $15 + $10 Shipping. Publishing Date: May 2010

Gerald Locklin

is now a Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, Long Beach, where he taught from 1965 through 2007, and continues as an occasional part-time lecturer there and in the Master of Professional Program at the University of Southern California.  He is the author of over 125 books, chapbooks, and broadsides of poetry, fiction, and criticism, with over 3000 poems, stories, articles, reviews, and interviews published in periodicals.

Beth Wilson

was born and raised in Oklahoma.  She got a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a Library Science degree from the University of Oklahoma.  It was while she was studying creative writing at UCO that she met the poet and author Gerald Locklin.  As a full-time reference librarian and mother of two small children, Beth writes short stories and poetry whenever she can find a few minutes strung together.  She uses her own observations and experiences from the “heartland” as well as stories she gathers from her husband and friends to fuel her writing.  Her chapbook, School of Sky, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  She prefers to write near a window so she can look outside and see what the weather is doing.

“Gerald Locklin’s voice rings true, substantial, and firm…” Joyce Metzger

“Gerald Locklin remains one of my all-time favorite poets.” Edward Field

The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Literature in English acknowledges that Gerald Locklin is ‘a central figure in the vitality of Los Angeles writing.’  That sentence may actually understate his importance.” Gerald Haslam

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