A short story written by Dean Goldberg, professor of Digital Media and Film Studies as well as the director of the Communication, Art, and Digital Media program at Mount Saint Mary College, has become the first fiction story published by Albany Poets.
The story, “Old Bill Lee,” is a character study of an African American man living in 1960s America. For years, Bill Lee has worked as the cook at a summer camp in upstate New York. When a camper befriends him, the unlikely fishing buddies discuss life, friendship, and the harsh realities of racism. Decades later, the boy – grown up and working as a newspaper reporter – finally discovers the answer to a question he’s carried with him since the summer of ’64: whatever happened to old Bill Lee?
“Old Bill Lee” was published just a few days before the start of Black History Month. It can be read at https://albanypoets.com/2021/01/old-bill-lee-by-dean-goldberg/
Albany Poets promotes the arts of upstate New York. In addition to publishing poems and now short fiction, Albany Poets also hosts open mic nights, poetry readings, and more, to help give artists a platform to share their art with the world.
In addition to his skill as a writer, Goldberg has extensive background in film and production. He joined the Mount in 2008 and established Mount Media, a creative agency formed with Mount students.
Goldberg directs the Communication, Art, and Digital Media program at Mount. The program encompasses the study of journalism, video production, advertising, public relations, art, design, and film studies at the college. Housed in the Mount’s Division of Arts and Letters, the program prepares students for both traditional and emerging professions.
He is also the co-director of Mount Saint Mary College’s CMA Gallery, which exhibits professional art and media picked by Mount faculty from among the rising population of artists who live and work in Newburgh, Beacon, and throughout the Hudson Valley.