BkMk Press Books

Eyes Open in the Dark

8 Essays

by Beasley, Conger Jr.

Price: $14.45, 120 pages

ISBN: 9781886157057, 1996

Conger Beasley's writing is so close to the voice of the casual conversation that as I moved through these marvelous essays I could almost believe we were sitting across from one another in some roadside café as he told his tales of travel and encounter. . . . What Conger Beasley has given us here are eight essays that start off like trafel pieces, develop like good short stories, and often end like poetry at its best. --Miller Williams

With the utterly magical Eyes Open in the Dark, Conger Beasley, Jr. places himself securely in the ranks of the finest essayists working in the United States today. --Norman Zollinger

Conger Beasley, Jr., was born in St. Joseph, Missouri. From 1970 to 1982, he was an editor at Universal Press Syndicate and Andrews & McMeel in Kansas City. He has published two novels, three volumes of poetry, and two collections of short fiction. A collection of essays, Sun Dancers and River Demons, received the Thorpe Menn Award in 1991 for best book by a Kansas City-area author. His latest book, We Are a People in This World: The Lakota Sioux and the Massacre at Wounded Knee, received the 1995 Western Writers of America Spur Award.


Published 1996

See All books

    The Owl That Carries Us Away


    By Doug Ramspeck

    ­Excellent reading for those who value meditative, beautiful storytelling.—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (starred review) ...

    All That Held Us


    By Henrietta Goodman

    In this collection of linked sonnets, a young woman wrestles with the expectations of her repressive upbringing and Southern culture. Raised by a jaded and critical mother and haunted by an absent father, she constructs the myths and truths ...

Kansas City Literary Events

Musgrave, Sommer & Palmer

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Kansas City, Mo.


New Letters & BkMk Press Events at 2018 AWP Conference / Tampa Bookfair Booth 1048

Join us at AWP 2018 in Tampa, Florida, for three events: A tribute to Michelle Boisseau + book signings by Robert Stewart and Mia Leonin.


Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

Jamaica KincaidJim ShepardGloria Vando & Anika ParisLuis Alberto Urrea, and Alex George, normally $7.99 per episode, this cd collection comes with over $15.00 in savings. Downloads of these programs have been reduced and are available through our archives.