GuerrillaReads No. 88: Charles Degelman

Charles Degelman has been an antiwar activist, political theater artist, musician, communard, carpenter, hard-rock miner, and itinerant gypsy trucker, and eventually grew up to be a writer, editor, and educator living in Los Angeles.

He recently returned to his guerrilla roots for this reading of his new novel, A Bowl Full of Nails, set in the counterculture of the 1970s. Nails was a finalist in the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, founded by Barbara Kingsolver. It will be published by Harvard Square Editions in February 2015.

Degelman teaches writing and media studies at California State University, Los Angeles. You can find out more at his website.

3 responses to “GuerrillaReads No. 88: Charles Degelman

  1. Very interesting reading and the beginning of a story that should draw you to order the book. Well done.

  2. Great read by an interesting and gifted author!

  3. Thanks, SP and JG for your supportive comments re: A Bowl Full of Nails. Hopefully you’ll have the opportunity to crack the spine on a copy of Nails and let us know your response! You can read more of my work on my web site @

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