birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

Dr. Franz

It wasn't the first impression
that mattered—in that I was
adequate, I'm certain—smart
enough, thin enough, the
usual elements that add up
to make a respectable

It was after having
me in class, seeing me around
the building, that she felt
I needed condescending/
reprimanding - - bringing

"You'll never be taken
seriously," she informed me.
I laughed too much, tended
to run around without my
shoes - - basically trying what
I could to alleviate the mangling

graduate school wrought.

Thing is, turned out to be
the case: I've never been taken
seriously - -

least of all by
yours truly.


My Father's Hands