Samuel Vargo writes on a freelance basis for a few liberal, online, national magazines that headline daily. He also writes for a few comedy and satire magazines with international readerships that headline daily. Vargo has written poetry and short stories for print and online literary magazines, university journals and a few commercial magazines. He worked most of his adult life as a newspaper reporter and taught as an adjunct English professor for about a decade at a number of community colleges, state colleges, and state universities. He has a BA in Political Science and an MA in English (both degrees were awarded by Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, USA). These days, Vargo doesn't write much poetry, but instead, concentrates on writing detective mystery novels under the pseudonym Stanley Gladden. His two latest works are "Woodside" and "Welcome to the Horror Show". Vargo was a curator and editor for a string of eight commercial online magazines for almost a year, but a few years ago, he gave this up to work on his own writing pursuits. Vargo was the fiction editor of Pig Iron Press, Youngstown, Ohio, for 12 years. A book-length collection of Vargo's short stories, titled "Electric Onion Head and the Rotating Cyclops of the Month", was published by Literary Road and had a web presence for seven years from 2007-.2014.
Most of this volume is made up of poetry. Almost all of it is previously unpublished. This poetry wasn't written on a Saturday night, but dates back decades and laid dormant in the poet's computer email and Submittable files. Two quirky medium-length short stories, also previously unpublished, are included in this collection, too.
The writer cannot put too much emphasis on the fact that this work was written during a trying time in the writer’s own life. It was written during a time of convalescence after the writer had major heart surgery. "Why" is the consummate work of "self help". It should become a guide in your daily life travels and it was not written by a Priest or a Levite, but by a true Good Samaritan.
"Way Past Midnight on the Other Side of Real Estate" is a collection of poetry and virtually all poetry included here has been previously published by various types of literary magazines and journals. This collection is the poet's first published collection of his poetic work.