My first book, Stump the Librarian: A Writer’s Book of Legs, a memoir and history of leg amputees, was published in 2018.

My forthcoming book, Mapping Fairhope: Landmarks, Locals, and Legends, will be published in fall 2022. It is a collection of my articles published in Fairhope Living Magazine.

Currently, I serve students as the part-time librarian at Coastal Alabama Community College’s Fairhope campus. I’m in the Administration building, the one with the rockers on the front porch, if you want to drop in and say hi. I’m also the proprietor of Fairhope by Foot, a local walking tour company.

Clay City Tile: Frank Brown and the Company that Built Fairhope, a local history book was published in 2020. My other history publications can be found and read for on the Internet Archive. My essays have appeared in Libraries: Culture, History, and SocietyDisability Studies Quarterly, Obsession: An online Literary Journal, Birmingham Arts Journal, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Poems were published in Kaleidoscope Magazine and Oracle Fine Arts Review, the University of South Alabama’s literary magazine.

For more information visit my author page, Alan Samry. Click on the title to view the Clay City Tile website. Check out the Clay City Tile Video.

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  1. I’m a fellow monopod living in Alabama (near Tuscaloosa), and I also collect esoteric and obscure one-footed references, mainly in world mythology and religion. I’d love to compare notes! I assume you already know about the Aztec god with one foot, Tezcatlipoca, and the famous one-footed tap dancer who used to appear on the Ed Sullivan show, Peg-leg Bates, as well as the entire chapter on one-legged Sages from the Taoist scripture Zhuang Zi (chapter five), but maybe there are some others more obscure I can share with you. My long neglected blog about synchronicity (and lots of books, I’m a bibliomaniac) will eventually have some whoppers dealing with amputees, including a three legged coyote named Don Coyote (I forget the author).

    • Greg, So good to hear from you. You mentioned a few I had not heard of, so thanks for that. We should have a conversation some time about our famous, infamous, and obscure list of Unipeds.

  2. Hello I stumbled across your site here and read something about your grandfather and grandmother Mary Walouke. I am really shocked because my last name is Walouke, spelled the same way,and my great grandfather came from Poland as well. His wife’s name was Mary but his name was Charles Walouke. I have never seen our last name anywhere else on the internet. Can you contact me via my email to talk?

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