I am unable to look “normal” in a head shot for reasons embedded in my DNA, so here I am having lunch with a dear friend at our local Senior Center, where it always feels like 1977. (Photo by Glenda Bradshaw)

I am unable to look “normal” in a head shot for reasons embedded in my DNA, so here I am having lunch with a dear friend at our local Senior Center, where it always feels like 1977. (Photo by Glenda Bradshaw)

Melissa Stephenson earned her B.A. in English from The University of Montana and her M.F.A. in Fiction from Texas State University. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Rumpus, The Washington Post, Narratively, Barrelhouse, Mutha, Blackbird, Ninth Letter, Hippocampus, Lit Hub, Ms. Magazine, and Waxwing. Her memoir, Driven, was released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July of 2018. She lives in Missoula, Montana with her two kids.