Bio: In fourth grade, Brian Vaszily's first story received an award in an Illinois contest where the poet Gwendolyn Brooks told him, "You've really got a knack for this, young man, keep working at it." He kept working at it, with fiction and non-fiction contributions to various magazines, newspapers, and a book anthology, as well as two unpublished novels.
Brian grew up in Chicago, earned his B.A. in English from Northern Illinois University, and currently resides in a northwest suburb of Chicago, where he absolutely adores his wife, son, stepdaughter, two cats, and even his untrainable dog. Beyond Stone and Steel: A Memorial to the September 11, 2001 Victims is his first published book.
The tragedy of September 11, 2001 left us each trying to fill a uniquely unfamiliar void in our spirit with something that will make us whole again. Somehow we need to feel the experience in a way that following the news coverage just doesn't accomplish. Brian W. Vaszily found a way, and shares it with us in this brilliant anthology of thoughts, feelings, desires and dreams that were cut short on that terrible Tuesday. Through imagined characters he does what no news story or survivor's account ... more info>>