About

Happy endings exist, perhaps you or someone you know is living one right now, but I firmly believe there needs to be a balance. Amazing needs below-average, joy needs drama, love needs hate, and good needs evil… among other things. I’ve been rejected more than accepted, defeated more than victorious – I’m an average man attempting to find his way through life, and words and creativity have made the journey tolerable.

I have consistently maintained my contributions as a journalist for two decades, and hold an MA in Journalism & Creative Media from the University of Alabama, focusing on literary journalism, features, and profiles. My areas of expertise are music, the publishing industry, and sports. That doesn’t limit my topics, however, for every story and person deserves a voice.

My true creative passion unearthed during the prime of my adolescent angst. I started composing songs and lyrics, moved to short scripts and feature screenplays soon after, and eventually began writing columns, crafting nonfiction books, and now have transitioned into genre and literary fiction.

It has already been a long journey, and it will only get tougher, but I will remain steady. I write with passion, I write independently and unbiased, and I write honest. A refreshing relief to the strenuous life.

Events

February 23-26, 2022, TBD- Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center for the 43rd Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico: Please feel free to attend a fun conference full of great panels discussing pop culture. I will be presenting my paper, “The Truth is in the Chalk,” which reviews how true crime has helped literary journalism survive through our obsession with death from the penny press to serialized podcasts. I will post the specific date and time of my presentation after the schedule is released.

April 13-16, 2022, TBD- Sheraton Seattle Hotel for the 2022 PCA/ACA Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington: I will be presenting my paper, “I Was Derek Raymond,” which will dissect the black novel and one of the most heinous crimes in the history of entertainment in Raymond’s controversial work I Was Dora Suarez. I will post the specific date and time of my presentation after the schedule is released.

Past Events

February 6, 2020, 6:00pm- Bookworks in Albuquerque, New Mexico: If you’re in the area, please feel free to join me for this free event. Bookworks is located at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. I will be discussing Cursed: A Jack Swift Case, and also answering any questions about the novel and my other writing. While attending, please browse the selection at Bookworks!

Connect

Twitter: @carlLknauf

Email: carl@clknauf.com

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