Lee Kingsmill grew up on the south side of Chicago. A stint in the army took him to pre-statehood Alaska where he served in the military police. After graduating from the University of Chicago, he taught high school English and humanities for thirty-four years. A highlight was accompanying student groups on Spring break trips to Italy. Since retirement, he continues to travel abroad, and much of Safe Inside was written in Mexico. He resides with his husband in Munster, Indiana. In his next life, he will have intimidating shoulders and only one left foot on the dance floor. Read More
The south side of Chicago in the 1940’s, a time when divorce, mental illness, and one’s sexuality were not discussed. A Catholic child finds escape inside opulent movie palaces and the equally opulent world of his own fantasies. As a young man, he attempts a final escape to the army, only to discover, in Alaska, that he has not left all his demons behind.