Blue Light Special
Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry
By Ken Szymanski

From the back cover:

Advance Praise for Blue Light Special

“Szymanski’s finely-focused Midwestern microscope zooms in on a variety of topics that made him into the skillful writer he is today – a curious, honest, and humble storyteller with an eye for character and a love of life. Often lyrical and always honest, Szymanski doesn’t try to sling anything over your head – he’s going straight for the gut, and he’s got damn good aim.”
Nick Meyer
publisher & editor, Volume One Magazine

“A funny and perceptive collection of writings, a kind of literary scrapbook that has the look and feel of authenticity. Whether writing about early baseball experiences, Santa suits, the joys of employment at Kmart, or the small town DJ scene, Szymanski writes with clarity and wit, illuminating those out-of-the-way corners of small town life.”
Max Garland
UW-Eau Claire professor & author of The Postal Confessions

“With hope and humor, Szymanski writes for the struggler in all of us, sometimes claiming the territory as his own, but always having the ineffable good sense to fade into the background when it’s time to let the people speak for themselves.”
Michael Perry
author of Population: 485 and Off Main Street

“Ken Szymanski embraces human imperfection. Through humble wit and perception, he skillfully unravels every embarrassing memory you’ve ever repressed and exposes the absurdities of everyday life. Szymanski assures us that there is, indeed, a light at the end of the tunnel: it’s blue.”
Shannon Paulus
co-founder, Eau Claire Running Water Poetry Slam



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