I was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but I have lived in southern Indiana most of my life. For many years I was editor and publisher of The Brownstown Banner, a semiweekly paper in the south-central part of the state. During that time I wrote all sorts of things for the paper, from obituaries to editorials, from town-meeting stories to high-school sports, from features about housewives’ favorite recipes to captions for photos of dead rattlesnakes and giant pumpkins.
I received degrees in English from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia, and I spent a year at the University of London on a Fulbright fellowship. My short stories have appeared in various literary magazines, among them Sou’wester, The Florida Review, Four Quarters, and Prairie Schooner. My mystery novel, "Safely Buried," won the 2012 Best Books of Indiana Contest sponsored by the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis. The cover of the book features a pastel painting by my wife, Maureen. Our children, Jesse and Abigail, live in New York.
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The Werley Boys
by John Pesta
The Collinsville town board is unhappy with two old men who refuse to hook up their house to the municipal sewer system. And the old men are upset because the "communists" in the town hall want them to stop using the privy they have used all their lives. Fireworks erupt when the board takes action.
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