"A Stranger in this town" was written during one of the most challenging periods in Samuel Vargo's life, when he was recovering from a second heart attack.
None of the poetry and prose in this work has been previously published.
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About the Author
Samuel Vargo writes on a freelance basis for a few liberal, online, national magazines that headline daily. He also writes for a few comedy and satire magazines with international readerships that headline daily. Vargo has written poetry and short stories for print and online literary magazines, university journals and a few commercial magazines. He worked most of his adult life as a newspaper reporter and taught as an adjunct English professor for about a decade at a number of community colleges, state colleges, and state universities. He has a BA in Political Science and an MA in English (both degrees were awarded by Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, USA). These days, Vargo doesn't write much poetry, but instead, concentrates on writing detective mystery novels under the pseudonym Stanley Gladden. His two latest works are "Woodside" and "Welcome to the Horror Show". Vargo was a curator and editor for a string of eight commercial online magazines for almost a year, but a few years ago, he gave this up to work on his own writing pursuits. Vargo was the fiction editor of Pig Iron Press, Youngstown, Ohio, for 12 years. A book-length collection of Vargo's short stories, titled "Electric Onion Head and the Rotating Cyclops of the Month", was published by Literary Road and had a web presence for seven years from 2007-.2014.