Adam E. Stone
A Life Unhappening .... Cache Girl Saves the World: A Novel in Visions .... The New Harmonies .... Kingston Fugue .... Xamon Song
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(Above: Adam E. Stone's daughter, Chelsea Stone, and Adam E. Stone, May 2012,
during radio interview with KWMU for "A Life Unhappening") 
Adam E. Stone was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and lived there until he was six years old, when his family moved to Athens, Georgia. When he was 10, the family moved to Carterville, Illinois, where he spent the remainder of his childhood. After high school, he attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, specializing in Creative Writing. He studied with the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo, and with the poets Rodney Jones and Philip St. Clair.

For the next several years, Mr. Stone held a variety of blue-collar jobs, including working as a Teamster and later an over-the-road truck driver. He then returned to school, eventually graduating summa cum laude from the Southern Illinois University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois.

From February 1998 to October 2008, Mr. Stone served in the United States military, first in the Air National Guard, then in the Air Force Reserve. He began his career as an enlisted member of the Missouri Air National Guard, training as a Graphics Specialist. He later joined the Illinois Air National Guard, where he served as an Education & Training Manager. After law school, he became a military attorney, or JAG (Judge Advocate General). He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps’ Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course (JASOC), where he was the winner of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Award for Best Trial Skills and was first runner-up for the Legal Assistance for Military Personnel Award. He is also a graduate of the United States Air Force Commissioned Officer Training program where he was named Distinguished Graduate, signifying graduation in the top 10 percent of his class of Air Force officers. Other military awards include the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal. He separated from the Air Force as a Captain in October 2008, receiving an Honorable Discharge.
Mr. Stone's first novel, Xamon Song (Global Dialogue Press, 2006), explores the dangers of corporate control of government, and examines human rights issues in the context of globalization and the rights of indigenous persons. Xamon Song has been used as a human rights learning tool in high schools and colleges in the United States and Canada. Individual copies have been sold in the United States, Canada, Belgium, New Zealand, and South Korea.

His second novel, Kingston Fugue, (Global Dialogue Press, 2007), examines the role of the nonconformist in contemporary American society, the relativity of many of our conceptions of mental illness, the gritty economic realities of the working poor, and the complex, often contradictory, relationship between memory, personality, will and reality, all within a literary structure that mirrors the musical form of the fugue, in which the theme of a piece is extended and developed mainly by imitative counterpoint.

Mr. Stone's third novel, The New Harmonies (Global Dialogue Press, 2009), follows three working-class musicians in Southern Illinois as they seek harmony in their personal lives and their professional ones.

His fourth novel, Cache Girl Saves the World: A Novel in Visions (Global Dialogue Press, 2010) introduces a new medium for literary fiction: the "novel in visions," which combines audio of the novel's text with still photographs of some of its action, packaged in DVD format. The novel tells the story of Ta'li, a young runaway whose Cherokee ancestors died on the Trail of Tears. Searching for peace for herself and the world, Ta'li finds herself in the swamps of Southern Illinois' Cache River, where, with the help of the Swamp Asp and the legendary Big Muddy Monster, she embarks on a daring quest to bring her vision of empathy, empowerment, unity, social justice and ecological wisdom to a humanity seemingly bent on self-destruction.
On May 11, 2012, his spoken-word ballet A Life Unhappening premiered at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, Missouri. More details about A Life Unhappening are available on the home page of this site.
(Above: Adam E. Stone, Thirza Defoe, and Sarah Dalby, on original segment of Trail of Tears, near Grantsburg, Illinois, during production of Cache Girl Saves the World: A Novel in Visions, March 2010. Photo by Sarah Dalby.)
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