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a portal to miscellaneous writings of Orin Hargraves
Readers often like to know what the person looks like who wrote what they are reading. The works below are mainly unpublished so I have supplied the author photo that appears in some of my published nonfiction titles.
Being From Creede I grew up in Creede, Colorado. Creede Magazine published my essay about that experience in their Fall 2008 issue. I've added a couple of pictures to this that didn't appear in the magazine.
The Last Summer of Viola Stone Desire that breaks out against all the rules while a young girl looks on and tries to make sense of it all. This story is set in a small mountain town in the mid 20th century. Autobiographical elements, yeah. Story-a-clef, no.
Joseph's Father's Caves A visit to a remote village whose habitants are purported to be saints proves that human nature is the same just about everywhere. Set in Morocco, this story is part of the collection called Morocco Pentagraph (see below).
Among the Mourners the strangest sorts show up at funerals. This story was largely inspired by the experience of attending my father's funeral in 1998.
Maid in Morocco I received the 2007 Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award for the best short description of the Peace Corps experience. This essay was written when I learned of the death of a woman in Morocco who had made a career out of being a maid to Peace Corps volunteers.
Neighbors This is another episode from my Peace Corps experience, inspired by a chance encounter with my neighbor. It was published in an anthology of similar pieces from volunteers around the world.
Pianos This long essay, available on Kindle, is about my lifelong relationship with pianos. Not for the faint of heart; mainly of interest to others who play.
The Old Windrow Place This link is to the Kindle (and presently, the only published) edition of this novel, which draws quite a lot on my experience of living as a caretaker at a Buddhist retreat center in the 1990s.
Morocco Pentagraph This link is to the Kindle (and presently, the only published) edition of this collection of fiction and memoir, all of which were inspired by the years I lived in Morocco in the 1980s.