The Real “Gato Cárdenas” Interviews Steve Cole

I haven’t been fortunate enough yet to have had a newspaper or radio station interview me about Citizen Cárdenas, so I present here the real Gato, our longtime friend Enrique, interviewing me about my novel. You’ll  have to decide for yourself if this interview is a real discussion or more fiction. Sadly Enrique died the […]

Panhandlers or Street Entrepreneurs?

Here’s a short extract from my novel, Citizen Cárdenas, where one of the main characters George Demas espouses on his view of panhandlers as street entrepreneurs in the context of how he got to know Gato Cárdenas, the protagonist of the story. Gato is an often homeless, down-but-not-out, Cuban refugee. The setting is gentrifying Wicker […]

Remembering Archer Cole on Father’s Day

The Memory One of my favorite memories of my father,  Archer Cole, happened not long after we moved from Linden, NJ  to adjacent Roselle. It was the summer of 1957, I had just turned nine.  Our new home on Chestnut Street was across the street from Simpson Field, replete with football field, baseball diamond, basketball […]

Borough of Roselle

Roselle Values

Steve Cole believes the community-based values he learned while growing up in Roselle, New Jersey run deep in Citizen Cárdenas. The Borough of Roselle, was sandwiched between four other Union County municipalities, Cranford, Linden (Steve’s hometown until he was 9), Elizabeth, and sports (especially football) arch rival, Roselle Park. In the years Steve lived there […]


Dock Strike By Steve A. Dore Writing as Steve A. Dore, union member Steve Cole wrote about the 1971 wildcat strike at the Port of Milwaukee in that city’s alternative paper, Kaleidoscope. You could say he was a participant journalist. Just as he did not want to reveal to his shipping company employers who had […]

Gato was my uncle, my brother, my family—Sheridan CC inmate

A Sheridan (IL) Correctional Center inmate read and reviewed Citizen Cárdenas as follows: Citizen Cárdenas, wow, took me on a ride! Gato and I share the same feeling and behavior because I’m a talker, a charmer, always flirting with ladies, and I too would lose myself in a bottle just to feel something or be […]

Windy City Review – Citizen Cárdenas

May 15, 2016 Citizen Cárdenas: A Novel. Steve Cole Reviewed by Charles Kuner. In a book literally “torn from the headlines,” Steve Cole has written a very meaningful and moving story about a Cuban refugee, Jesus Cárdenas, living, if one can call it that, on the mean streets of Chicago as he struggles with illness, […]