Bodie or Bust

March 1, 2010

Poets of Bodie: Eric Shonkwiler

Filed under: Uncategorized — nicelledavis @ 2:33 am

Eric Shonkwiler is a Midwestern transplant currently living in Riverside, CA.  He writes fiction, novels mostly, but has been known to write a poem or two.  He is editor-in-chief of CRATE Magazine, UCR’s graduate literary journal.  His writing can be found at Splinter Generation, Verdad Magazine, and Connotation Press.

The persona I’ll be taking on is Leslie Phillips, a boy of seventeen who entered Bodie in 1889.  He left home at fourteen, spending three years working his way west from St. Louis.  He crossed the wrong pair of miners in a saloon in Carson City, and was given directions to the already-fading town of Bodie instead of the growing Goldfield, Nevada.  Fiercely ignorant and with a sourceless sense of entitlement, Leslie burns his way through most work opportunities in an area and then does the same of the saloons before moving on.


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