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David Philip Mullins

David Philip Mullins is the author of the forthcoming collection of short stories Greetings from Below (Sarabande), which won the 2009 Mary McCarthy Prize. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His stories have appeared in magazines including the Yale Review, New England Review, and Fiction, among others. He has received awards from Yaddo and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and teaches writing and literature at Creighton University.

Arboretum

The saplings stood in neat rows along the winding avenue, each leafless maple growing from a dark hump of soil that resembled a small grave. They rose six, seven feet above the sidewalk. With flashlights and a trowel, we uprooted…