Local author publishes novella of poems


BUCKHANNON — Local author Don Narkevic was born in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, where he first began writing at the age of 13. In 1979, he moved to West Virginia to begin teaching English at Phillip Barbour High School. After completing a manuscript he has been shaping since 2019, Narkevic published “After the Lynching,” a novella of poems.

The piece, Narkevic explained, “tells the story of what happens after the lynching of a young black man in a fictitious town in the Jim Crow South of the 1930s. The collection of 66 narrative persona poems connect to one another via the characters and their actions. Although the characters and the town are fictitious, the stories contain historical elements dealing with race relations in the 1930s. Factual information came from many resources including non-fiction books, newspaper articles of the times, oral histories, etc.”

Following years of writing and experience, Narkevic began to pursue publication in 1995. Since, he has published over 300 poems in literary journals, short stories, plays, and now boasts four books of poetry. “I target the book primarily to young people, especially those 17 through 30, i.e., high school seniors, college students, and post-grads. The black history within the poems reveals racial scars that still playout in today’s headlines and neighborhoods. Even older adults will discover surprising information of which they were never taught in school,” the author expressed.

Main Street Rag Publishing Company is set to release Narkevic’s latest book in Spring/Summer 2022. To preorder the book, visit https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/after-the-lynching-donnarkevic/ or The MSR Online Bookstore at http://mainstreetragbookstore.com/. The selling price is $15 + shipping; however, If you pre-order, the cost is reduced to $9 + shipping. Books will be shipped upon release in Spring/Summer 2022.

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