Not only is Rosine's Alex Taylor a writer and a college instructor, he's a PUBLISHED author and me and my family couldn't be more proud.

For as long as I can remember, Alex was writing stories. I would go in his room and see piles of notebook paper with his signature barely legible writing on the front and back of each page. Soon, he graduated to using a word processor, remember those? I received one as a big gift for my high school graduation. I had no idea Alex's word processor would take him further than mine did.

Beginning in high school, Taylor began to see his stories published in obscure English journals. He went on to Western Kentucky University and he continued to write, more stories were published. For his Master's Degree, Alex chose to attend Ole Miss, which is where William Faulkner lived and he taught. John Grisham attended law school there. Taylor's writing style is very similar to Faulkner's and an author I've been reading a lot of lately, Cormac McCarthy. By the way, Oxford MS is a really cool town. It's a little bigger than Bowling Green, which is the only other college town I know, but it's rich in history and in literature.

While Taylor was teaching Creative Writing at Ole Miss, he was crafting his first collection of short stories which became published in 2010 as The Name of the Nearest River. My cousin, my kindred spirit, became a published and known author. Though his prose can be violent, it is so descriptive and so vivid, the reader's mind is immediately transported there. Taylor is currently teaching Creative Writing at McNeese St. University in Lake Charles LA.

Here is more about Taylor's philosophy and stories:

Taylor will be reading from his collection Tuesday night at Gambrinus Libation Emporium (116A West 2nd Street in Owensboro) at 7pm as part of their "Third Tuesday Writers Coffeehouse". I encourage you to come on out, you may actually see me smile!