Poetry. OUR ONE-WAY STREET is a series of poetic snapshots of a working-class neighborhood and its quirky inhabitants. Schumejda zooms the lens in and out on herself as well as neighbors trying to make it through the day in hopes of a better tomorrow. Characters from Schumejda's other books take on minor roles in this collection, such as Jolene, a waitress from Waiting at the Dead End Diner and Willy the Whale, an old school pool hustler from Cadillac Men. The hero of the story, the one who is at the crux of inspiration, is the crazy, old lady from down the street, who jumps on the back of a motorcycle, puts her cupped hands over the driver's groin and tells him to head the wrong way up their one-way street.
Rebecca Schumejda is the author of several poetry collections including FALLING FORWARD (sunnyoutside, 2009), CADILLAC MEN (NYQ Books, 2012), Waiting at the Dead End Diner WAITING AT THE DEAD END DINER (Bottom Dog Press, 2014), and OUR ONE-WAY STREET (NYQ Books, 2017) as well as five chapbooks, most recently Common Wages, which she co-authored with Don Winter. She received her MA in poetics from San Francisco State University. She currently lives with her family in New York's Hudson Valley. Author City: KINGSTON, NY USA