Fred A. Wilcox lives in Ithaca, New York. He is a poet, journalist, and fiction writer. He has been a laborer on high-rise construction, a truck driver, waiter, bartender, ditch digger, house painter, secondary school teacher, and college professor. Wilcox’s nonfiction book, Wating for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange, broke the story about the use of chemical warfare in Vietnam. He is a veterans’ advocate.
Tommy Mackin’s Vow celebrates life’s messy bumptious wonders. With cracking prose and stylistic verve, Wilcox writes a sleek story about enduring family love, the consequences of one’s actions, and how dreams for the future are conjured from hope’s insistent push into the wild and fragile present. Humor and tremendous heart take the story into deep Irish heritage as well as the present woes of society and family. For Tommy indeed it’s Erin go bragh. -Maureen McCoy, author of Junebug