The pleasant art of whistling has long been used to entertain and to communicate; the short stories of Gregg Shapiro also entertain and convey his skilled recollections of the past. The gay men found in the pages of How to Whistle are unrepentantly sardonic: they drink, they indulge, they offer wry comments on friends, family and life. In other words, they are a joy to read.
Gregg Shapiro is the author of the short story collections How to Whistle and Lincoln Avenue; Fifty Degrees, selected by Ching-In Chen as co-winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize; a volume of poetry and more. An entertainment journalist, whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBT and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick and their dog k.d.
What makes a fifty-year-old man quit a highly successful career in charity work to take on the low-paid, dangerous job of being a police officer? When Mark Johnson left the United Way to become the oldest rookie in the Mobile, Alabama, police department, he didn’t just have to adjust to a new career―he had to adjust to an entirely new life of danger, violence, and stark moral choices. Apprehensions and Convictions is Johnson’s explosive memoir of his second career as a cop. Going from fund-raising with socialites to confronting armed suspects in the streets, Johnson found that poverty and crime were no longer social issues but matters of life and death.
Mark Johnson is a retired detective with the Mobile Police Department, where he was decorated several times for service and bravery. Prior to his police career, Johnson spent twenty years as a public relations director and executive director for the United Way.