Smoking in the girls’ room, sneaking a drink, napping
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Martha Gies is the author of Up All Night (Oregon State University Press). She teaches creative writing in Veracruz, Mexico, and in Portland, Oregon, where she lives.
When I was sixteen, Father and three of his friends bought a huge swath of Willamette River bottomland, and we became, overnight, the largest asparagus growers in the Pacific Northwest.
The Sun doesn’t usually report on current events, but September’s terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. marked a turning point for all of us. We put out a call to our writers, inviting them to reflect on the tragedy and its aftermath. The response was overwhelming. As word got around, we received submissions not only from regular contributors but from writers who are new to The Sun’s pages.