Tears in God’s Own Country, upmarket fiction, is slated for publication soon.
The story: Alumaram villagers in India love Chenda’s kettledrum music, but they won’t invite him to their house.
Because he is dark. Black. Hence, he must be a low-caste parayan. An untouchable.
But that doesn’t discourage Chenda from dreaming of playing music at Carnegie Hall. He urges a herbal medical store manager to run for office so that, once the manager wins the election, he could help Chenda obtain an Indian passport and a U.S. visa. But the manager has other plans.
“In his novel Tears in God’s Own Country, Cliff Anthony vividly paints the social and political milieu of a village in India, whose themes and focus represent a universal concern. Driven by powerful cultural images, including colorism, this book sails gracefully down the page. I loved reading this manuscript and I know that you, too, will love it.” — Bruce Weigl, 2013 Pulitzer finalist for poetry and the author of twenty-five books.
First novel: Page-A1. Published in 2013.
Professor – Journalism (Since 2008) — Lorain County Community College, Ohio
Assistant Professor – Journalism (Three years) — Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
Bureau chief, Geauga County edition (one year) , Reporter (Four years) —The News-Herald, Willoughby, Ohio
Reporter (10 years) — Sun Newspapers, Cleveland, Ohio
Managing Editor (Three years) — News India, New York
Reporter (Three years) — Oman Daily Observer, Oman, Middle East
Reporter (Three years) — The Blitz Group, Mumbai, India
Copy editor (One year) — Mid-Day, Mumbai, India
♦ Recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Society of Professional Journalists (Cleveland Chapter) in 2021.
♦Three national awards from the Suburban Newspapers of America.
♦ Six awards from the Press Club of Cleveland, Ohio.
♦ Three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Ohio.
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