How does one learn to live life? Is it in the way we were raised? Is it the choices we make? Is it how we perceive things? She was not raised like this. No one would make choices to feel like this and perception is reality, no? If her scars were on the outside instead of on the inside, she would be immediately raced to a hospital. The room would fill with doctors and nurses scurrying to make her lively. But the scars remained on the inside so the world did not see the wounds. The pain remained unseen and the rush for help was nowhere to be found.
This year's guest judge is Deb Olin Unferth . She is the author of four books, most recently the story collection Wait Till You See Me Dance . Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Harper’s , The Paris Review , Granta , Vice , Tin House , the New York Times and McSweeney’s . She received four Pushcart Prizes, a Creative Capital grant and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. An associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, she also runs a prison creative writing program at the John B. Connally Unit.
Dec. 2002 — submitted by Kathy Kennedy, UWEC Senior
(for Jerz’s Advanced Technical Writing class)
Jan 2003 — edited by Jamie Dalbesio, UWEC Senior
(for an independent study project with Jerz)
May 2003 — edited by Jerz and posted at Seton Hill University
Jan 2007 — ongoing edits by Jerz
May 2008 — reformatted
Sep 2010 — tweaked Writer’s Block section
Mar 2011 — reformatted and further tweaked
Jun 2017 — minor editing. Are “Keds” still a recognizable brand of kids shoes?