Alan “Stump” Samry started this blog as a place to combine who he is, a below-the-knee congenital amputee, with what he does, a librarian who assists patrons at the reference desk at the Fairhope Public Library in Lower Alabama (LA). It has taken ten years but he has finally published a book, which includes some of his blogs, but also his poetry, and other creative writing, all thematically driven by librarianship and leg amputees. Chapters are organized as though the reader were in a library.
Alan looks at his book, writing, and his role as a librarian as a conversation starter. He would love to come to your public or academic library or private event to engage audiences on a range of topics within his book, including librarianship, amputees, Fairhope history, or creative writing. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alan means no offense to other amputees when he uses the word stump. Stump the Librarian is recognized around the world. It’s also far more catchy than Residual Limb the Librarian.
Alan has discovered that people around the world are finding the site because they are searching for questions to Stump a Librarian. He has tried to accommodate these searches by adding a Question and Answer page.
For more information visit his author page, Alan Samry.
Thirteen years ago he and his bride Susan moved to Fairhope, Alabama from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he was born and raised. He earned his AA in 1990 from Cape Cod Community College. He received his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Alabama and obtained his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Spalding University in 2012. In 2017, He graduated from the Online Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) Program at the University of Alabama.
His writing has appeared in Disability Studies Quarterly, Obsession: An online Literary Journal, Birmingham Arts Journal, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. In 2015, two Poems were published in Kaleidoscope Magazine. Oracle Fine Arts Review, the University of South Alabama’s literary magazine, published “Beauty Scars” in April 2016.
Stump the Librarian is not endorsed by the Fairhope Public Library or the City of Fairhope. He speaks for himself and writes of his own experiences.
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