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Christopher Feliciano Arnold

Christopher Feliciano Arnold was adopted from Brazil and raised in central Oregon. In 2007 he received an honorable mention in the Atlantic’s Student Writing Contest, and in 2008 he won Playboy’s College Fiction Contest. His recent work also appears in Crab Orchard Review, Northwest Review, and Slice Magazine, and online at McSweeney’s. Presently he is a student in the MFA program at Purdue University, where he also serves as assistant director of creative writing.

Laidlaw

By August of 1904, the third summer of the new township, the fields had gone four months without rain. The temperature spiked at dawn, sun sizzled at midday, and by late afternoon, everything—the settlers, the livestock, the ground itself—was thirsty.…