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Tom Alesia

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Connection to Illinois: Alesia is the former Springfield, Illinois State Journal-Register arts & entertainment writer.

Biography: Tom Alesia won the national Music Journalism Award for two feature articles about the Fendermen, a one-hit wonder with their 1960 rockabilly cover of country legend Jimmie Rodgers' Mule Skinner Blues. He also was a finalist for the award and earned four first-place honors, including two for arts criticism, from the American Association of Feature Editors. His writing has appeared in newspapers nationwide, TV Guide magazine and the book Tasty Morsels, a short fiction anthology. Find his work at A 35-time marathon finisher and a cancer survivor since 1998, he lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Then Garth Became Elvis: A Country Music Writer's Journey with the Stars, 1985-2010
ISBN: 1087989299 OCLC:

Grissom Press 2021