"How does something like this happen, they always wonder. How does a guy like you end up in Addis Ababa sleeping in the back room of a school house? I tell them about Leeza. I want to say something about grief. My theory is that only radical action is the correct response to loss. This is what I did. Kind of foolish, but at least it was decisive."
One summer evening in 2003, an auto accident took the life of my Ethiopia-born fiancée. For Leeza, I traveled to Ethiopia to open schools for underprivileged children. I endeavor to give a vivid account of the country and its customs. I’m a faranj in a strange land, but finally a school is opened and I find a new beginning.
Careful So, published in 2015 on paper and 2016 as an e-book, is the first in a three-book series I'm calling the Mnemonics Project. Each book presents a piece of experience, something of my life during a decade of loss, change, and adventure. Available in Kindle and ePUB formats.
"As we watched, several boys ran up the hill, throwing stones. When they ran back down, they were followed by federal police with guns. The police stopped to shoot, and pursued, accompanied as they ran by the sound of women wailing and whistling in their homes. Antoine and I were stunned. We stood in front of the school, helpless to do anything but watch. … We didn’t move until the roads were still and the sounds of conflict had diminished into echoes. We retreated finally, slowly and sadly, back into the compound, while shouts and erratic shots resounded among our hills." From the short story 'Throwing Stones'.
Some, released in 2017, is the second in a three-book series I'm calling the Mnemonics Project. Each book presents a piece of experience, something of my life during a decade of loss, change, and adventure. It's a collection of short fiction, memoir, and theatre pieces. Available in Kindle and ePUB formats.
Pausing in the middle of the long avenue, his brother says, “All this.” With a generous sweep of his hand, he includes it all, careful not to neglect the extravagant stretch of asphalt itself. Riverside is far from busy, despite its breadth, and the avenue has fallen far from the time of its conception, when some city engineer imagined heavy traffic streaming east across the river.
They weave their way among the street punks outside the cafe, skateboard punks and arts punks and punks on pills. The kids let loose a volley of sarcastic greetings, and Bill’s brother receives them with a plummy royal wave. “It’s great to see you!"
"Keep it." Bill says.
The Tar Pit will be third in the three-book series I'm calling the Mnemonics Project. Each book presents a piece of experience, something of my life during a decade of loss, change, and adventure. The Tar Pit will be released in 2019. It is a novel. It tells the story of two brothers reunited, though only briefly, in a version of their hometown.
My writing projects include the books promoted above, theatre projects in the Netherlands, and a longstanding travel blog. Check the Theatre page for plays I'm staging.
I am Dana Roskey, born and raised in the U.S., currently living with my family in the Netherlands.