Jeff W. Bens | The Sun Magazine

Jeff W. Bens

Jeff W. Bens teaches in the film department at the North Carolina School of the Arts. His first novel, Albert, Himself, was published by Delphinium Books in August.

— From December 2001


I had always thought of us as a model family. My mother taught nursery school. My father was the high-school principal. I was a twirler, which meant that on game days or national holidays — and especially Founder’s Day, the Founder being our direct dead relative — I’d put on my Temperance Wildcat outfit and throw the baton with eleven other girls, mainly girls like myself: not pretty enough to cheerlead, not smart enough to do none of it at all.

December 2001
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