Lori White’s recent essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Nervous Breakdown, Pithead Chapel, The Collapsar, andSwitchback. Her story, “Gambling One Ridge Away,” won first place in the 2013 Press 53 Open Award for Flash Fiction. She teaches English composition at Los Angeles Pierce College.
When someone dies in the North End, there is a funeral. Many people attend. It is our only communal act. There are really no other reasons for a crowd to gather. There is a church downtown that still has a minister, an older man I see sometimes near the corner store or near the church itself, where he sweeps the wide steps leading up to the entrance… Read more