I wrote "'Gainst Mine Own Good Nature (lycanthropy)," a narrative series of sonnets, as the final project of an Elizabethan literature class I took this spring (in lieu of an analytical paper). The lycanthropy references in "The Duchess of Malfi" intrigued me as a potential metaphor for current political and cultural trends (lycanthropy at the time referred to the phenomenon of werewolves and was also the medical term used to describe the delusional condition that one was capable of werewolf transformation). These sixteen sonnets were developed with this theme in mind and by mixing original lines with lines lifted from poems and plays in the course reading.
Poetry in Form picked up the series. If you haven't had enough Shakespeare/Trump mash up yet this year, read it here.
I have a small part in this show featuring new work by Steve Ellis in an outhouse at The Church of the Little Green Man in Glen Wild, New York. My satirical article, "Mr. Ladybug Sues State Over Outhouse Bill" will be featured in The Crapper Chronicles. Come out for art, performances, and food.
Show: Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29.
Performances: Sunday, May 28 @ 4pm
Just in time for your summer lounge chair, this collection of six character-driven novellas and stories is now available.
“The Nose” When thirty-year-old Lenny falls for a guy with an elephantine nose, his musical theater career suddenly seems pointless and his social life, superficial. His friends are concerned.
“Meeting Sanchez” The little league football team of a predominantly white, wealthy suburb is nervous about playing an inner city black team on their turf. But for twelve-year-old Marcus, it’s meeting the nephew of his family’s maid after the game that makes a bigger impact.
“The Final Plan” Cameron Payne, a retired caterer and resident of Pleasant Meadows nursing home, tries to come up with the best scheme for his remaining days before Alzheimer's sets in.
“The Dried Plum and the Envelope” When twenty-six-year-old Donny Patterson, a self-described "floater," is forced to join the law firm proofreading department's off-site team-building karaoke event, his relationship with his boss gets strange, office politics get messy, and power dynamics shuffle.
“Whatever Makes You Happy” Interracial marriage, a gay grandson, gender neutral pronouns, and polyamorosity aren’t the most confounding things that Pupa Jackson has to face at his granddaughter’s wedding.
“The Prince and the Executioner” Prince Claude of Facedom is certain that love will be at the end of his fairy tale—even if that means becoming a princess. The King is not happy.
"Troy Ernest Hill has a way of looking at the world that is sharp, well-observed, and just a fraction off plumb in a way that is endlessly entertaining." – Meredith Sue Willis
In response to the recent resurgence of anti-Muslim sentiment, I've made my 2012 novella, "A Revelation," free for Kindle download on Amazon. I'm hoping to make the book free permanently, but due to logistics, it's free initially for only the next 5 days.
"A Revelation" is the story of Dee, a teenage Christian girl, and Aazim, a Muslim boy recently transplanted from Michigan to a small town in Georgia, who fall in love. Kirkus Reviews calls it "An unsettling and ultimately memorable modern-day 'Romeo and Juliet.'"
Happy Holidays from troyernesthill.com.
In this short story, the little league football team of a predominantly white, wealthy suburb of Atlanta is nervous about playing an inner city black team on their turf. But for twelve-year-old Marcus, it’s meeting the nephew of his family’s maid after the game that makes a bigger impact.
Sobotka Literary Magazine is the brainchild of editors Kathy Klimentowskij and Nick Rossi and includes poetry, prose, and photography. Order your copy here.
Apologies to anyone who received an error message when trying to check out MYXOCENE on Amazon today. Apparently this was a website-wide problem (yes, even Colum McCann's books were triggering the error). Since I just announced the book yesterday and a number of people received an email about it this morning, I'm certain the resulting rush of book seekers had something to do with the crash.
At any rate, the problem is resolved, so feel free to go to Amazon and snag a copy.
Part eco-lit, part medical thriller, part thought experiment, MYXOCENE is the story of single mother and freelance science writer, Sarah Bennett. Interviewing Dr. Ronald Keating on the Chernobyl disaster for its 30th anniversary, she unwittingly gets entangled in the retired pharmaceutical researcher’s strange plot to combat global warming with an experimental medication. In a wry voice both funny and provocative, she grapples with Keating’s true motivations as well as questions about the value of an individual human life versus a society of billions in a climate-changing world.
Available in print and for Kindle. Purchase of the print version includes a free e-book download.