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About Don Gaddis
Don Gaddis loves 80s music videos, vinyl records, old bookshops, the Ricochet Robots board game, Studio Ghibli films, root beer floats, David Bowie, dinosaurs, astrology, Edward Gorey, media conventions frequented by nerds and geeks, David Lynch, Halloween, iced vanilla lattes, retro video games, comic books, Kate Bush, and taking the subway from Brooklyn to Coney Island.
But more than anything, he also loves to draw and write.
His artwork and writing are included in gay themed publications from the likes of Bruno Gmunder and Chelsea Station Magazine. In 2009, a few of his art pieces were acquired for the archival collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York.
Don's written work includes two poetry books and a novel, Portraits of Familiar Strangers.
He resides near Atlanta, Georgia, where he can often be found conspiring with fellow artists, nerds, geeks, and night creatures.
Titles By Don Gaddis
In addition to Patrick and Sean, Portraits of Familiar Strangers offers an ensemble cast of misplaced millennials. The inhabitants of Flowery Grove include a heart-of-gold mortician, a lovelorn transgender woman, and a crippled basketball player, each struggling to endure the hardships of America’s Bible Belt.
Whether lounging poolside with a beautiful yet handicapped Texan man, leaving a nightclub in the wee small hours of the morning without hope of meeting someone, or coming to terms with the death of his grandmother, the author takes the reader on a candid journey.
Comprised of twenty poems and twenty-five illustrations. Sixty-four pages in length.
Strange Birds includes poems which are told from another person’s perspective. Struggle and loss provide the binding threads, whether entering the mindset of a desperate fugitive or sharing a day in the life of a homeless woman as she finds brief solace and joy during a parade in the city.
Rabbit’s Persona shifts the point of view to that of the author. Autobiographical in nature, we follow a “rabbit” in search of the ability to forgive and partake in the frustrations that stem from an artist’s secret love for his friend.
A third set of poems, Beasts of Burden, brings the reader fully into the macabre realm of the Southern Gothic, where vain ghosts and abandoned farmhouses forever haunt the living.
Book Length: 40 pages, text interior