Christmas, the day after, in 2004, following the presidential re-election of George W. Bush. I am staring out of the window in extremely dark mood, feeling helpless. Then a friend, a fellow artist, calls to wish me happy holidays. He asks, “How are you?” And instead of “Oh, fine—and you?”, I blurt out the truth: “Not well. Not only am I depressed, I can’t seem to work, to write; it’s as though I am paralyzed, unable to write anything more in the novel I’ve begun. I’ve never felt this way before, but the election….” I am about to explain with further detail when he interrupts, shouting: “No! No, no, no! This is precisely the time when artists go to work—not when everything is fine, but in times of dread. That’s our job!”

—Toni Morrison, from "No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear"The Nation, March 23, 2015

With the advent of the coronavirus and the knowledge that, despite warnings, times of dread are very much upon us - and it's time to go to work. For many artists of letters, however, there is no work to be found. Now is the time to support artists and each other. You can help with An Author a Day. Beginning March 23, 2020 with two images of Toni Morrison until the end of the virus, by 10:00AM EDT each day I'll post a photograph of an author on Instagram and on this page with—as long as bookstores, photo labs, and delivery services are open—links to purchase that author's work(s) and to purchase photographic prints. (PLEASE NOTE: With stay-in-place orders in effect, prints are unavailable at this time. All print requests will be honored when printers are permitted to work again. Thank you for your understanding.) If you are in the USA, buying books from Bookshop.org will support independent bookstores across the country. Partial proceeds from print sales will support either writers directly or support the Authors League Fund. Since 1917, the Fund has helped professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.

Not every writer whose photograph will be published here will be a household name, but your support of writers by purchasing their works and/or prints of their portraits will help those in need keep their homes and more. If you wish to make a donation directly to the Authors League Fund, you can do so here. (If you are an author in need and I have photographed you, please contact me. Thank you.)


Authors, links to their works, and available prints follow below. (And please note that any author portrait found on my site or in my book AUTHOR is also available to support the Authors League Fund. Please inquire here.) Enjoy. Please scroll down this page to see each author added or go to instagram.com/beowulfsheehan daily.

There will come a time when we will need to reflect upon, heal, and progress from the challenge of our time. Writers will meet that need then. Thank you for coming to their aid now.

Yours,

Beowulf 

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

John Lewis, New York, November 15, 2016

For those without love, violence is a means to an end. Heroes rise above, for there is humanity to defend. John Lewis’ life of service defines a life of purpose. On this day we’re meant to rest, let the books by Congressman Lewis show, for all the challenges before us, we are blessed. And we will overcome. Order below.

Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, 2012
March: Book One, 2013
March: Book Two, 2015
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, 2015
March: Book Three, 2016
March Trilogy, 2016

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Philip Roth, New York, November 3, 2010

An artist questions. A master also answers. In 2004, Philip Roth penned a view to a USA that made (and in 1940 could have made) an isolationist and anti-Semite president, to the menace that grew, and to the pain that followed. The Plot Against America was republished March 3. The first of six episodes of HBO’s series of the same name screened March 16. There is time to act. To form your own vision first. To read The Plot Against America or any of the below masterworks. And, yes, to watch.

Goodbye, Columbus, 1959
Letting Go, 1962
When She Was Good, 1967
Portnoy's Complaint, 1969
Our Gang, 1971
The Breast, 1972
The Great American Novel, 1973
My Life as a Man, 1974
The Professor of Desire, 1977
The Ghost Writer, 1979
Zuckerman Unbound, 1981
The Anatomy Lesson, 1983
The Prague Orgy, 1985
The Counterlife, 1986
The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography, 1988
Patrimony: A True Story, 1991
Operation Shylock: A Confession, 1993
Sabbath's Theater, 1995
American Pastoral, 1997
I Married a Communist, 1998
The Human Stain, 2000
The Dying Animal, 2001
The Plot Against America, 2004
Everyman, 2006
Exit Ghost, 2007
Indignation, 2008
The Humbling, 2009
Nemesis, 2010

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Philip Roth, New York, May 19, 2009

Philip Roth, New York, May 22, 2007

Friday, March 27, 2020

Adrienne Miller, New York, August 9, 2006

For years, Adrienne Miller went to the mat for the glossies. As the first female literary editor at Esquire, Miller was as swiftly in the company of the icons of literature and she was the select sexism of a male-dominated culture. Maturing among the immature, David Foster Wallace came into her professional and personal lives. And her life, completely literary, became her memoir extraordinary. In the Land of Men: A Memoir was published February 11. Adrienne Miller’s book tour might be cut short, but her journey and lessons can still be taken to heart with your support. Order your copy today.

The Coast of Akron, 2005
In the Land of Men: A Memoir, 2020

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Nick Flynn, New York, April 30, 2009

The greatest irony is reality, very much the story of poet, essayist, and novelist Nick Flynn's career and Stay: Threads, Conversations, Collaborations, his newest book. The title and work for our day, Stay is a compendium of the ruins and riches of life, addiction, homelessness, loss, friendship, kinship, and art. From isolation to engagement comes the revelation of the place of art and the place of us. Stay was published on May 17, and it's not had its day in the sun. Order Nick Flynn's Stay, and be enlightened.

Some Ether: Poems, 2000
Blind Huber: Poems, 2002
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, 2004
Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins: A Play , 2008
The Ticking Is the Bomb: A Memoir, 2010
The Reenactments: A Memoir, 2013
My Feelings: Poems, 2015
I Will Destroy You: Poems, 2019
Stay: Threads, Conversations, Collaborations, 2020

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Kimiko Hahn, Beowulf Sheehan Studio, New York, March 1, 2016

Sometimes a line composes a lifetime, and this art is at the heart of Kimiko Hahn’s poetry. Foreign Bodies, her newest collection, sees the journey across nations and generations, embraces mother and culture, explores a cabinet of wonders made by nature, man, and woman. Hahn’s first reading was to have taken place this past Sunday. Though undone by the virus, there is another way. Support new poetry, order Foreign Bodies, and let this artistic expression be your inspiration.

The Unbearable Heart, 1997
Mosquito and Ant: Poems, 1999
The Artist's Daughter: Poems, 2002
The Narrow Road to the Interior: Poems, 2006
Toxic Flora: Poems, 2010
Brain Fever, 2014
Brood, 2018
Foreign Bodies, 2020

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Kimiko Hahn with kimono, Beowulf Sheehan Studio, New York, March 1, 2016.

Kimiko Hahn with Ezra Pound's A Quinzane for This Yule, Beowulf Sheehan Studio, New York, January 20, 2016

Tuesday, March 24,

Evan James, East River, New York, June 12, 2018

Evan James weaves yarns of wit and humor into the loom of life, with eyes on absurdity, family, romance, pain, and sex, together the cacophony of gay and straight worlds colliding and intertwining. His new collection I've Been Wrong Before: Essays was published March 3, 2020. James' first reading took place at Brooklyn's Greenlight Bookstore days later, and then the virus canceled his book tour. You can help. Support new literature by ordering your copy of Evan James' I've Been Wrong Before: Essays today. 

Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe, 2019
I've Been Wrong Before: Essays, 2020

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Evan James, Beowulf Sheehan Studio, New York, June 12, 2018

Evan James, Lower East Side, New York, June 12, 2018

Monday, March 23, 2020

Toni Morrison, New York, May 1, 2010

The heroine, the icon, the conviction of voice for the voiceless.

The Bluest Eye, 1970  
Sula, 1973  hardcover  paperback
Song of Solomon1977
Tar Baby, 1981
Beloved1987
Jazz, 1992
Paradise, 1997.
Love, 2003
A Mercy, 2008
Home, 2012
God Help the Child2015

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Toni Morrison, New York, October 23, 2016 

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