Homestead Poems
Homestead Poems, by Gary Hanna
Broadkill Press. On the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of the Rehoboth Art League
“Tell me a tale / of days that have been, / but look to the stars / to get past the hours,” Gary Hannah writes in “Skating on Water.” These poems look through the lens of history—both personal and collective—by means of the immediate details of the present. The love for the exact charms me: the objects, seasons, beaches, towers, screen doors, birds, crabs, and flowers. It is the unseen, though, that finally holds me, the backdrop of the lonely human mind, the individual longing, both for the past and for what we wish and hope to understand and be in the present. These poems are lovers of life. They are a pleasure to read. –Fleda Brown
Gary Hanna was named the 2012 Established Artist Fellow in Literature by the Delaware Division of the Arts
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They Abide
They Abide, by Elizabeth Dougherty Dolan

2009 Delaware Division of the Arts Established Artist Fellow
"Liz Dolan writes about the past with an eye and ear tuned to the poetry of the ordinary, unencumbered by the sentimentality of nostalgia, but filled with the emotion made from the real ties between people and their communities, their landscapes, their times. There's loveliness here, the gritty kind, the sparse kind and the joyous kind, too." - Gerry LaFemina, author of The Parakeets of Brooklyn.
See a sample of her work in the Delaware Poetry Review.

Joseph Redden's Love's A Crime is an intricately woven mystery set at a private boarding school in the country. When two boys fight for the love of a girl, the love triangle turns deadly, and students lives unravel. Broad Meadow's star basketball player Phillip Bishop had everything to live for. He was good looking and a gifted athlete. His hard work not only paid off on the court, but he also scored academically. He was a leader. People respected him.
Detective Frank Logan is a workaholic who has spent too many nights eating dinner at his desk lately. He is so obsessed with putting criminals behind bars, his social life is lacking. His ex-girl friend, Penny, wanders in and out of his life and gets upset that he chooses a case over her.
Joseph Redden is a photographer and writer with extensive experience working for local newspapers in Delaware. As a reporter, Redden has covered murder trials and hard news scandals that have served as inspiration for his works of fiction.
Love's A Crime
Secrets Can Kill
Secrets Can Kill is a gripping mystery with many exciting turns and twists. A lot of people have reason to want small-town lawyer Seth Molloy dead. His wife, Debbie, fears that he will destroy her in divorce court. He has compromising pictures of Debbie and her business partner Raymond Sinclair. She insists that they didn't sleep with each other. When Raymond loses money at the tracks, a jealous Seth refuses to help him out. It is no secret that Seth constantly locks horns with his 16-year-old son, Peter. When Detective Frank Logan is called in to investigate Seth's murder, he believes Molloy shot a man seen fleeing from the house. Logan thinks that the robber's accomplice came up from behind and hit Molloy on the head with a poker. Logan's theory is thrown into question, when he discovers that someone sent Seth death threats. When the case unravels, Logan's frustration mounts. He has hit a roadblock. To learn the truth, he must unravel secrets that are best kept hidden
Secrets Can Kill, by Joseph Redden.
Poisoned at the Party
Veronica Talbot is a force to be reckoned with and will steamroll anyone who stands in her way without batting an eye—including her mild-mannered husband Charles and her teenaged daughter Tricia, who would rather spend time with the housekeeper than her own mommy dearest.
Veronica’s harsh tactics drive the VP of the Creative Concepts advertising firm to quit and land Veronica in his spot, exactly as she’d planned. Veronica’s beleaguered colleagues are used to her constant rants and haranguing, and they brace themselves for the worst when she takes the helm. But when Veronica and Charles throw a party at their house in the country celebrating her promotion, the whole office dutifully attends, fearful for the future of their jobs.
The festivities come to a screeching halt when Charles finds Veronica dead on the loveseat in their study. Her death is initially ruled a heart attack until the medical examiner discovers that Veronica was murdered, and Detective Frank Logan is called in to investigate. With a house full of people with the opportunity and motive to kill the awful woman, Detective Logan must sift through all the evidence to determine who poisoned Veronica at her own party.
Poisoned at the Party, by Joseph Redden
Love's A Crime, by Joseph Redden.
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Long Hill Home
Long Hill Home, by Kathryn Pincus.
“She drifted in an endless black slumber marred only by white hot flashes of pain. She tried to rouse herself from her terrible nightmare. When she finally regained consciousness, terror flooded her with the realization that she was still entombed in darkness and pain, and her nightmare was only beginning.”
Kathryn Pincus was raised in the New York metropolitan area, received her undergraduate degree (B. A., Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Delaware, and her law degree (J. D.) from the Georgetown University Law Center. Kathryn honed her writing skills in her law practice, presenting complex factual and legal matters in clear, compelling and persuasive writings. Since her “early retirement” from the practice of law, she has filled her days taking care of a busy household and family, supporting numerous charitable and community causes and writing fiction.
The Opportunity
The Opportunity, by Frank E. Hopkins

Writer Frank E Hopkins began serious writing in Graduate School at the University of Maryland where he earned a Ph.D. in Economics in 1971. He wrote numerous technical articles and a monograph on U.S. industrial location while an Associate Professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He continued his technical writing after leaving teaching until he retired. However, in preparation for living near the Delaware Beaches without a job he began writing fiction, including the novel Unplanned Choices published in 2013. A second novel, The Opportunity was published in 2014. He also writes short stories, four of which appear in this website. He is a liberal democrat and publishes the blog: Political Santa Claus Stories, providing facts and opinion on current political events. The website discusses his novels and blog, as well as including his short stories.
The Opportunity is a suspenseful crime novel set in the high-powered competitive environment of federal governmental contracting in Washington DC and the high-paced professional networking social life of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in the first two decades of the twenty-first century.
The novel portrays corruption in the Federal Government contracting industry, and includes the relationship between a Federal agency, its contractors and members of Congress. Business as usual features excessive monetary gain and sexual gratification.

Unplanned Choices
Unplanned Choices, by Frank E. Hopkins
Unplanned Choices, a coming-of-age, romantic historical drama, is set in the late 1960s and early 1970s in New York City area in the United States during the turbulent period of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights struggle, the sexual revolution, the women’s movement, and the struggle for legalizing abortion.
The novel is the story of Steve Lynch and his first love, Anna Marino. Both Anna and Steve are raised in the Roman Catholic faith and struggle with the church’s prohibition of sexual activity and their growing sexual drives. They both meet in college after abandoning the church’s restriction. Anna became pregnant and died during an abortion, before abortion on demand became legal in New York. The novel describes the impact of the abortion on Steve, the abortionist, Anna’s family and friends, and one NYPD investigator who commits murder.
If Anna could have legally had an abortion, she may not have died and the impact on the other characters in the novel would not have been as tragic.
Situations similar to that portrayed in Unplanned Choices could be replicated hundreds of thousands of times in the future if abortion becomes illegal or heavily restricted in the United States.
Tommy's Thanksgiving Wish
Tommy's Thanksgiving Wish, by Leon Opio
People keep secrets for many reason and Tommy's new friend Mary has a secret. When Tommy finds out the secret, he decides to make a Thanksgiving wish that it can bring happiness to his friend and her family.
The author's name is Leoncio Opio but his friends call him Leon. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and lived there for the first 34 years of his life in the East New York section of Brooklyn. He currently lives in Delaware with his wife and two daughters. He writes stories in various genres from suspense/thrillers and horror to young adult fantasy and paranormal and Children picture books. His Young adult and Children's stories normally deal with social issues that young adulst and Children deal with on a daily basis.
Veneance is Mine
Vengeance is Mine, by Leon Opio
Four people are being held captive in separate rooms. They each are responsible for the same crime and will endure their own private hell. While in these rooms, they will re-live the acts that have brought them together. They will understand how it feels to scream for help and have no one come to their rescue. Even though the Bible states, "Forgive us the wrongs that we have done, as we forgive the wrongs others have done to us,, the reveng-seeking protagonist in this story disagrees. As the day goes by and the night sets in, these unwilling guests will endure extreme pain and fear. By the end of their journey, they will all fully understand the meaning of Vengeance is Mine.
Opio's other books include Joy's Great Zoo Adventure and Mr. Nimbus and the School Bullies.
Where No Man Can Touch
Where No Man Can Touch (2015), by Pat Valdata
Pat Valdata is an award-winning writer with an MFA in writing from Goddard College. Pat has twice received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council for her poetry. In 2013 she was awarded a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  Thanks to this grant and residency, she completed the manuscript for Where No Man Can Touch, which was awarded the 2015 Donald Justice Prize.  A native of New Jersey, Pat lives in Elkton, Maryland. She is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), where she teaches writing and literature in online and hybrid formats.
To read [Where No Man Can Touch] is to experience almost unalloyed pleasure. A volume of poetry that consists of a series of monologues by record-breaking woman aviators (the first woman balloonist, the first to solo a powered aircraft, the first to solo a glider, and so on …) might seem to run the risk of monotony, but nothing could be further from the truth. In poetic forms as varied, and often as witty, as their subjects Pat Valdata celebrates her airborne heroines with gusto, delight, and an exuberant sense of the sheer fun of the enterprise. There are serious poems here (the poem on Beryl Markham, for example, is a particularly affecting probing of the problems of self-knowledge and the nature of courage) but the overall tone is one of risks insouciantly taken and triumphantly overcome. Valdata’s heroines are eccentric, caustic, ambitious, indifferent to fuss but avid for glory, willful and proud of it; and her book reads as though cut from the same engagingly unconventional cloth. It’s a triumph, at once whimsical and earnest in its celebration of pioneering women in flight.—Dick Davis, Judge, 2015 Donald Justice Poetry Prize
Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice, by Pat Valdata
Inherent Vice takes its title from the scientific property of objects to decay, to deteriorate, whether those objects are man-made or natural, human or not. From the title poem to 'Hawk Mountain, September', which ends the book with its eloquent evocation of birth and growth, we are treated to Pat Valdata's empathy with growing things and with, often, her sly and appealing wit. —H. Palmer Hall
Poet Barbara Crooker notes, "Graced by clean lines, sharp images, economy of words, these are poems that will linger, long after you close the covers of the book." 
The Other Sister
The Other Sister, by Pat Valdata
The Other Sister explores the immigrant experience and Americanization of three generations of siblings in a community of Hungarian immigrants during the first half of the 20th century. United by language and custom, they form a tight-knit community in a town that is not often welcoming and sometimes openly hostile.
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The Fortunate Ones
The Fortunate Ones, by Frederick Stroesner
Frederick W. Noesner was born with malignant tumors of the retina which totally destroyed his sight during the first two years of his life. During his life he has found ways to climb mountains, explore caves, and climb down the Grand Canyon.
Frederick has a life long interest in antique weapons, and colonial history. His thirty plus years of work in the field of blindness as well as the last four years working as a colonial person in Independence National Park, for Historic Philadelphia his given him much insight in to the subject covered in The Fortunate Ones, a depiction of blind people living in 18th Century Philadelphia.
Gunsmith Andrew Annaler loses his vision at the age of 27 in an explosion of gunpowder. When consciousness returns, he discovers his sight is gone for good. His doctor informs him that he is one of the "fortunate ones" because everyone else near the explosion died that day. How fortunate is he? Will he continue his work as a gunsmith earned through seven long years as an apprenticeship with his father? What are conditions like for blind people in the city of brotherly love during Andrew's lifetime? Is he accepted by others in the community? How are his previous friendships affected? Life was harsh and opportunities were few. Join Frederick W. Noesner as he takes us to what life was like in eighteenth-century for the blind living then.
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