Monica Wesolowska is the mother of two sons. While one is a lively toddler, the other died as a newborn. “Having experienced so intensely the intermingled grief and joy of motherhood,” she reports, “my understanding of creativity has been greatly changed.” As well as appearing here, her story “Lenny, My Poet, and I” was a finalist for a Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award. Other work has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Quarter After Eight, Area i, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Best New American Voices 2000, Beach: Stories by the Sand and Sea, and The Writing Path II: Poetry and Prose from Writers’ Conferences. A former recipient of a fiction fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, currently she lives in Berkeley with her husband and son(s). She teaches fiction writing at U.C. Berkeley Extension and also works privately with students. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.