This Saturday, March 18th, 3:30--5 pm

“Surviving the Times” at Morris Graves Museum of Art, 636 F Street, Eureka
Two Northern California writers, James Faulk and Neil Tarpey—both having survived long stints as staff writers for the North Coast’s daily newspaper—will read from their recent and past work during an event at the Morris Graves Museum of Art on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.Faulk is currently a columnist for the Lost Coast Outpost and was formerly a long-time reporter and editor for the Times-Standard newspaper. His brave essays and stories explore deeply personal topics relating to family, childhood experiences, heroin addiction, love, mental illness and survival. He’s an award-winning journalist and poet, father of four, husband of 20 years, recovered addict and experienced local musician.The work he will share at this event comes from a manuscript he’s preparing for publication, assembled primarily from material first printed in his “Dead Reckoning” column for the Lost Coast Outpost. He is 41 years old. Tarpey (www.tarpeydiem.com) hails from New York City and lives with his wife and their two dogs along Northern California’s redwood coast. Neil quit alcohol and other drugs at age 31 and enjoys sober living. He will perform a handful of stories (each 101 words or fewer) from Flashes of Lightning (Fithian Press, 2016), an illustrated collection of 52 stories which includes “Handgun Wedding,” the North Coast Journal’s best flash fiction in 2009. Neil earned M.A. degrees in Teaching Writing and Counseling Psychology, and a B.A. in English. He worked a combined 41 years as a substance abuse counselor, college instructor and sports writer.

      Neil Tarpey

(photo courtesy of Stilson Snow)

James B. Faulk