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About donbajema

Novelist, screenwriter, actor and performer Don Bajema was born in St. John’s, New Foundland, Canada in 1949. He is the author of two highly acclaimed collections of short stories, “Boy In The Air” and “Reach”, as well as the just completed novel “Topanga”. As an actor, Bajema first appeared on stage in the west coast premiere of Sam Shepard’s “Curse of the Starving Class”. With a lead role in the 1983 film “Signal Seven”, Bajema began a long-time collaboration with groundbreaking independent film director Rob Nilsson. He had a lead role in Nilsson’s 1988 Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize winner “Heat and Sunlight” and he wrote and starred in the 1996 film “Chalk” which Nilsson directed. He has appeared in more than a dozen feature films, most recently Carl Franklin’s 2002 film “High Crimes”. A favorite on the “spoken word circuit”, Bajema has toured extensively in the US, Canada and Europe, performing at hundreds of clubs, theaters and universities. He has shared the spoken word stage with the likes of Hubert Selby, Henry Rollins, and Jim Carroll. He is a former world-class track and field athlete who competed in the 1972 US Olympic trials and played football for legendary coach Don Coryell at San Diego State University.

 Jim Carroll said:   There are people who you can tell have something different going on in their minds. I’ve been quoted around saying that most of the time when you were around Jim Carroll the poet, musician and consumer of life … Continue reading

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48 years to the hour

48 Years to the Hour. To bring the outside world into Horace Mann Junior High School a few girls carried their transistor radios in their purses. It drove the hall monitors nuts as the hallways filled with baby-boomers and the songs of … Continue reading

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Let Us Pray

Somewhere between a fight and a dance is the mystery of our true spirits. A secret that can turn moments into a history fit for human consumption. To let time nourish instead of erode, to let time nourish instead of … Continue reading

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