A Novella by J. Nikol Beckham

Without Light Part 1

After Walker Wilson — infamous professional football player and one of Bītlogik’s biggest clients — commits a devastating gustatory mishap, Civet Olkin must scramble to save her reputation and her innovative Gastronoic Relations firm. When Civet stumbles onto an explosive chain of secrets connected to Karceral Agriculture, the powerful government-backed farm responsible for feeding the state’s 800 million residents, the Wilson scandal proves to be much more than a professional quagmire. Beset with a crisis of conscience and stalked by those who would go to any lengths to keep secrets silent, Civet must find a way out or be consumed by the food system that holds the state in thrall. More>>

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About J. Nikol Beckham

J. Nikol Beckham is a professor of Communication Studies at Randolph College, She holds degrees from Virginia Tech, San Diego State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of a handful of published short stories and poems, scholarly journal articles, and academic book chapters.  Her forthcoming monograph The Value of a Pint: American Beer, Cultural Change, and the Stubborn Materiality of Contemporary Capitalism is under contract with the University of Nebraska Press. Independence is her first lengthy work of fiction. Read More>>


Free Audio: Chapter 1 of Independence

(Disclaimer: Audio Engineer I am NOT.  But I do have an iPhone 5, so.....)

"Hunter rose from the lowers. That squalid tangle of post-industrial blight claimed him as surely as any blood lineage and the past three years with Walker had little chance of undoing seventeen years of environmental nurture, the incremental shaping of dust and dimness, of smoke and stagnation--the attainment of self through sedimentation. Hunter walked the streets in the lowers now, having left his employer and the uptown splendor behind, conceding to the inexorable gravity of the life he lived below and before. And so Walker Wilson, left to his own devices, took a bite, a ravenous act of ignorance of the sort women have long lived to atone, and changed everything." More>>

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15 weeks, 15 chapters, and a chance to win some free stuff!

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Beckham Makes Podcast Appearance

J. recently appeared as a featured guest on Episode #9 - "Why are we so male? Why are we so White?" of The Beer Curmudgeons podcast. Check it out! >>


Beckham Sourced in Thrillist Feature
"I’M IN A CRAFT BEER BAR IN BROOKLYN, sipping a $9 stout and looking for black people. “Juicy” is on the speakers, and Notorious B.I.G. grew up a five-minute walk from my barstool here on the dividing line between Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant...." Read More >>

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