ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



He was trained and served as a Special Officer in the New York City

Police Department, but spent most of his time as a private detective. 



Books by Cliff Chandler


The Paragons  / Devastated  /  Vengeance Is Mine


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Chandler Bio

Author Cliff Chandler was born in New York City during the thirties, and spent part of his life in Macon, Georgia. His father was a sailor from Barbados and wanted to send him to the West Indies to be reared by his parents, that was the custom during the thirties. His mother thought otherwise and sent him to her parents in Georgia instead. Cliff returned to New York as a teenager, attended school at night, and worked in various occupations.

Like most artists he has worked as a taxi driver, Hospital Aide, Paramedic, Professional Photographer  Germain School of Photography, Jazz Musician, The New Muse, Brooklyn, NY, and editorial writer for a local newspaper. During the sixties his career in Law Enforcement began. He was trained and served as a Special Officer in the New York City Police Department, but spent most of his time as a private detective.  While he claims the work was dull, his novel, gives us a different view of what his life must have been like. He says that he has been a writer all of his life, but his first taste of success was with his high school newspaper, The Ballardite in Macon, Georgia.

He likes to tell everyone he has been everything but rich. We like to think that his life’s experiences proves him wrong.

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Writer for Big Red News, Brooklyn, NY Articles: Greensboro Murders, Who Will Lead Us, The Howard Beach Massacre, The Slave Family, Duke Ellington Month, and, De Mal En Pis (In Udder Pain), – 1983 Writer: Etcetera Magazine, Brooklyn, NY Poem, Sunday school, and monthly articles 1967 Macon Courier, Child Crush, Macon, GA Regional Director of Georgia Writers Member of the Board of Directors Editorial Staff Columnist: Cliff notes.Lectured at the following schools: New Jersey Teacher’s College, The Urban Community, 1975 Pratt Institute, Your Importance In The Community, 1978 The College Of New Rochelle, Talking Your Way To The Top, 1989 The Ledel Gallery, New York City, Photography As An Art, 1982 St. Peter Claver Catholic School, Macon, Georgia, Right and Wrong, and knowing The Difference.Photography Exhibits:

Group shows: Fulton Art Fair, Brooklyn 1963-1992 Bethany Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY Carver Federal Bank, Brooklyn, NY Black Arts Repertoire Theater, New York, NY Amherst College, The Duke Ellington FestivalOne Man Shows: Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY St. Peters Lutheran Church, New York, NY Ledel Gallery, New York, NY Tubman African- American Museum, Macon, GA Middle Georgia College, Cochran, GA Tubman African- American Museum traveling exhibitEducation:

Ballard Normal High School, Macon, GA – NYS certified Germain School of Photography, New York, NY New York School of Radio Announcing, New York, NY Certificate in Short Term Counseling, NYSDA, New York, NY Matriculated student, Pratt Institute, Fine Arts Major John Oliver Killen’s Writer’s Workshop, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY New York University, Fiction Writing and Fiction Writings Masters Classes The New School of Social Research, Line Editing. The Muse, Brooklyn, NY Four Years of Jazz Studies


Chants, Rants, and Raves, nominated for author of the year. Self published, out of print copies at UGA, Athens, GAThe Paragons, published by Brittney Press Publishing, Decatur, GA July 2000Vengeance Is Mine, Published by, Writers Club Press, San Jose New York Lincoln Shangai December 2001


Cover: Duke Ellington In Person Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, MA Work also in private collections, world wide.Movie Appearances: Poet In New York 1992;Produced by Angel Gilorrios;Narrated by Raul JuliaPublished Poems: Etcetera Magazine, Sunday school Sparrow Grass Poetry Forum Gypsy, and Drossy Artist and Influences Used to Wuz Hatch-Billops Collection, New York, NYMusician:

Performed with The Muse Orchestra, Brooklyn, NY  1976-1979, Saxophone-Clarinet. Pub Dallas, Jazz Club, Madrid Spain 1976- 80- 83 Heart Hearted Hannah’s Savannah Jazz Festival 1992, Alto sax First Night Macon, New Years Performance 1993-94-95 Clarinet-Alto sax Hannah’s East, Savannah Jazz Festival 1995, Alto sax The Cellar, Macon, GA The Odyssey, Macon, GAModerator for: Pane discussion on The Media’s role in construction Identity in the South Middle Georgia College, Cochran, GAPoetry readings: All comers Poetry Slam, Facing South Festival, Middle Georgia College, Cochran, GA The Golden Bough Bookstore, Macon, GA The Progressive Academy, Macon, GA The Melvyn Williams Show, Cox Television, Macon, GA Lamar Arts Festival, Barnesville, GA Tubman African- American Museum, Macon, GA  Southeastern Flower Show, Atlanta GA Ebony Speaks, WMAZ TV, Macon, GA JAMU, Atlanta, GA Guest of St.John Flynn on Morning Edition Georgia Public Radio Guest of several book clubs in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee Guest of Rachel English at WMAZ TV, Macon, Georgia Guest of Jackie Cooper WPGA, Macon/ Perry, Georgia Guest Mid Day, Carol Minn WMAZ TV, Macon, Georgia Book signings at all Major Barnes & Noble stores in the Southeast Director of Feed Back at Barnes & Noble Macon, Georgia Presenter Inman Middle School 11th Annual Writers Workshop Atlanta, Georgia Florida Writers Author Event Walden Books, Tampa, FloridaPanelist:

Kori Public Library; Jacksonville, FloridaLecture:

Barnes & Noble Fayetteville, GA Writing, Publishing, and Preparation.

Cliff Chandler 2492 Tredway Drive Macon, GA 31211 478/745-0091

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#1 – Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark #2 – Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree #3 – Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade by Zane #4 – Life Is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper #5 – Stackin’ Paper 2 Genesis’ Payback by Joy King #6 – Thug Lovin’ (Thug 4) by Wahida Clark #7 – When I Get Where I’m Going by Cheryl Robinson #8 – Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby #9 – The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth by Zane

#10 – Covenant: A Thriller  by Brandon Massey

#11 – Diary Of A Street Diva  by Ashley and JaQuavis

#12 – Don’t Ever Tell  by Brandon Massey

#13 – For colored girls who have considered suicide  by Ntozake Shange

#14 – For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree

#15 – Homemade Loves  by J. California Cooper

#16 – The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper

#17 – Player Haters by Carl Weber

#18 – Purple Panties: An Anthology by Sidney Molare

#19 – Stackin’ Paper by Joy King

#20 – Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei Quartey

#21 – The Upper Room by Mary Monroe

#22 – Thug Matrimony  by Wahida Clark

#23 – Thugs And The Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark

#24 – Married Men by Carl Weber

#25 – I Dreamt I Was in Heaven – The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang by Leonce Gaiter


#1 – Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable #2 – Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans #3 – Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love by Zane #4 – Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper #5 – Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant #6 – Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey #7 – The Ebony Cookbook: A Date with a Dish by Freda DeKnight #8 – The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing #9 – The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

#10 – John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History  by Ahati N. N. Toure

#11 – Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley

#12 –The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

#13 – The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell

#14 – The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

#15 – Why Men Fear Marriage: The Surprising Truth Behind Why So Many Men Can’t Commit  by RM Johnson

#16 – Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire by Carol Jenkins

#17 – Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

#18 – A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

#19 – John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard

#20 – Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris

#21 – Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife by Carleen Brice

#22 – 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino #23 – Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul by Tom Lagana #24 – 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know by LaMarr Darnell Shields

#25 – Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class  by Lisa B. Thompson

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake. She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—


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Hopes and Prospects

By Noam Chomsky

In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky surveys the dangers and prospects of our early twenty-first century. Exploring challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (including under President Barack Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, and the recent financial bailouts, he also sees hope for the future and a way to move forward—in the democratic wave in Latin America and in the global solidarity movements that suggest “real progress toward freedom and justice.” Hopes and Prospects is essential reading for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race. “This is a classic Chomsky work: a bonfire of myths and lies, sophistries and delusions. Noam Chomsky is an enduring inspiration all over the world—to millions, I suspect—for the simple reason that he is a truth-teller on an epic scale. I salute him.” —John Pilger In dissecting the rhetoric and logic of American empire and class domination, at home and abroad, Chomsky continues a longstanding and crucial work of elucidation and activism . . .the writing remains unswervingly rational and principled throughout, and lends bracing impetus to the real alternatives before us.—Publisher’s Weekly

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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