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Charles Joseph Albert 

Books, Publications, and my
blog:  Light Verse for Dark Times.


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 Poetry Collections

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Heart Scrapes
Job Hell

Published Poems

 Short Fiction

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My literary heroes have been evolving since I was a kid-probably like everyone else. As best as I can recall, the progression was: Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Agatha Christie, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, Jane Austen, Ray Bradbury, Robert Frost, Orson Card, Henry James, Fyodor Dosteovsky, Mark Twain, John Irving, Charles Dickens, Jonathan Franzen, Donna Tartt, John Steinbeck, J Rowling, David McCullough, Margaret Atwood, Marcel Pagnol, Thomas Hardy, Billie Collins, and Bill Bryson. I think George Saunders may be my new obsession.  

Here are two interviews: one from 2018 with Magnolia Review and another from 2021 with the MD Neu Review.


In The Press

Random Internet


Reference to Air Quality work in Austin

Air Quality

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News and Events

In the works...

Just published:
The Bottom of the Grab Bag

A collection of my most ridiculous, poorly-conceived, and objectionable stories which has no business appearing anywhere, least of all in print.

Working Title: Barcelona Stories

Seven short stories that are updated versions of those by Russian masters that were selected in the George Saunders book of a similar name. The stories are set  in modern-day Barcelona and each features one of my own seven siblings as the protagonist. 


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