ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Beverlee Patton lives in Los Angeles with her husband Richard Allen, and their schnauzer, Jade. Beverlee's writing reflects her intercultural life and international career in teacher training and program management, as well as dance and choreography. She served at the University of Oregon, in the Peace Corps, and for eighteen years combined in India, Namibia, Nepal, and the West Indies. She is the author of “Noble Passing” and "Someone's Got To Do It," supported with a writer in-residence grant from the Morris Graves Foundation. “Sapelo Time Is Winding Up,” a play co-written with Diane Ferlatte, was commissioned by and performed during San Francisco Festival 2000. She has written numerous short stories and performance pieces for adults and for children, some of which appear here on her website.
Writing my way out of loneliness
"As an African American child of a single working mother living in a white world, I was often alone. Characters in the books I loved and the stories I wrote substituted for an absent family and lack of friends. A horse often appeared in my stories as the deus ex machina that lifted me up and out of a lonely childhood. In my short story, “Lonely Horses” a wondrous horse takes a bullied girl for a ride and together they tackle racism in school."