Rockford’s C.J. Campbell offers ‘The Zen of Beard Trimming’

Staff Report

Rockford’s Zombie Logic Press has announced its sixth book, The Zen of Beard Trimming: Stories of Punk Rock, Poverty, and the Search for Peace by C.J. Campbell.

C.J. Campbell is a speaker, writer and activist with cerebral palsy from Rockford. He has spent the last 10 years sharing stories with a range of crowds from small dive bars to classrooms.

The book chronicles seven years of C.J.’s travels, painstakingly detailed in this memoir. Punk rock meets leaving Christian Evangelism, meets Scandinavian models, meets a mismatched cast of unlikely characters and scenarios in a fearless, brutally honest story of the time-honored search for (meaning, love, peace, an apartment, food and a microphone that works.)

C.J. is working as the director of storytelling at Conveyor. He keeps a blog called “The Running Search” (cjcampbell.tumblr.com), where most recently he chronicled his 75-mile walk from Rockford to Evanston, Illinois, to raise disability awareness.

The Zen of Beard Trimming: Stories of Punk Rock, Poverty, and the Search for Peace by C.J. Campbell is the latest in Zombie Logic Press’ “River Valley Literary Series.” It will be on local store shelves in February and now available for pre-order through ZombieLogicPress.com.

From the Dec. 24-30, 2014, issue

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