Featured Artist: Bill Vernon

Synkroniciti is excited to welcome writer Bill Vernon with “Short Fuse,” which explores currents of oppression and intersectionality (before the latter was an official term) in the American workplace of the 1960s. With the Vietnam War in the background, we follow a former Marine and his charge, a recent college graduate related to the boss, as they meet first a black shop-owner and then a young mother living in poverty. These encounters change the way both men view the world and empower them to stand against the establishment. Bill illustrates how awareness of other’s struggles helps even those considered privileged be better, more assertive people. It’s a gritty, clear-eyed story that draws us into the hope and challenge of that era. Would we be willing to do as much today?

Read Bill’s important historical piece in the “Empowered” issue of our online magazine, available here. You can subscribe or order the issue, which debuted September 1, 2022.

Writing connects the dots for Bill Vernon. Draws lines between his inner and outer life. Explores the old and the new. Discovers shapes and colors them with vignettes of his college teaching, Marine Corps enlistment, outdoor activities, international folk dancing, places, and people.

His novel Old Town is a murder mystery. Recent shorter things include nonfiction like “The Father Of The Man,” Agape Review; “Let Us Rejoice,” Smoky Blue Literary & Arts; and “Box At The End Of The Room,” Thin Air Magazine. Also recent short fiction like “Absolution,” Superpresent,”Echo,” and “Good Judgment,” New Feathers Anthology.

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