On Wings of Silence: Mexico '68

On Wings of Silence

by Dede Fox

Master story-teller and poet Dede Fox offers readers this remarkable novel in verse. It is the story of seventeen-year-old Diana Greene and her travels from Texas to Mexico. The tale is one of adventure and romance, of culture shock, and genuine danger. Diana lands in Mexico during the revolutionary chaos prior to the 1968 Olympics. Her first love Guillermo vanishes the night of the Tlatelolco violence. Heartbroken, she searches for the truth about his disappearance, a quest that puts her in jeopardy from abusive police. Based on real events, On Wings of Silence makes use of actual details from what historians now call the Tlatelolco Massacre, presented here through the eyes of a young woman readers will admire and care about.


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About the Author

Dede Fox

Dede Fox blames her parents for her love of language. When she was little, they insisted upon reading Shakespeare to her, along with The Pokey Little Puppy, The Little Engine That Could, and first editions of the L. Frank Baum Oz series. The poetry bug bit Dede when she was sixteen and heard a bearded Alan Ginsburg reading his work at Holmes Lounge, a coffee house on the Washington University campus in St. Louis. Dede later attended that college, where she interviewed Poet Laureate Howard Nemerov for the school paper. One of her favorite college memories is visiting with Pete Seeger while he tuned his guitar in the Holmes Lounge kitchen where she worked. And although Tennessee Williams dropped out of “Wash U,” Dede managed to graduate with an English degree and a teacher’s certificate. An educator, Dede taught elementary school for 22 years and was an intermediate school librarian for 18 more. She is now the NEA/DOJ Writer in Residence at the Bryan Federal Prison Camp for Women. Through Houston’s Writers in the Schools program, she also writes with oncology/hematology patients at Texas Children’s Hospital.